Saints Silver Anniversary Kicks Off At Home May 18ST. PAUL, MN November 2, 2016
Break out your finest silverware because the St. Paul Saints season long celebration for their 25th season will be a party unlike any other since their inaugural season in 1993. The back-to-back North Champs open their Silver Anniversary season at CHS Field on Thursday, May 18 against the Gary SouthShore Railcats with 50 games for friends and family of all ages to enjoy.
After the most successful season in franchise history, with more than 414,000 fans passing through the gates at CHS Field, the third season in Lowertown gets started on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. against Central Division foes, the Railcats in a four game series that concludes on Sunday, May 21. These two teams met at CHS Field in 2016 to open the season, a series the Saints swept. The Saints are 8-0 in opening homestands at CHS Field and this will be the eighth straight season they begin the season at home.
Following their first roadtrip of the season, a three-game set in Sioux Falls, the Saints return home for a jam packed Memorial Weekend series against the Kansas City T-Bones from May 26-28.
The annual High School Tournament roadtrip will take the Saints through four cities playing 13 games in 13 days. It begins with a four-game showdown with the newest member of the American Association, the Cleburne Railroaders, from May 29-June 1, then down to Laredo for three, back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a three game series against the Grand Prairie AirHogs (formerly the Texas AirHogs) and then concluding with a three-game series against the Kansas City T-Bones. The 13-game roadtrip ties for the second longest in franchise history, equaling the 2011 season and only bested by last season’s 14-game trip.
A rematch of the 2016 Division playoff series between the Saints and the eventual American Association Champion, Winnipeg Goldeyes, will take place in Winnipeg from June 16-18 and their first meeting at CHS Field is just a few days later from June 22-25.
The American Association/Can-Am All-Star Game is on Tuesday, July 25 in Ottawa.
The Saints have 11 homestands with four of them being multi-series, including just the seventh ever three series homestand in franchise history when they play Winnipeg for four, June 22-25, Sioux City for three, June 27-29 and Gary SouthShore for three, June 30-July 2. The Saints also had three series homestands in 1996, 2002, twice in 2003, 2004, and 2005, when they opened with 10 straight at home.
In all, 27 of the 50 Saints home games will take place Friday-Sunday with seven home games in May, 11 in June, 14 in July and 18 in August. The Saints will close the season with four in Kansas City, the first time since 2014 they have ended the regular season away from home when they also wrapped-up in Kansas City. The Saints will remain with the traditional 7:05 p.m. game time on Monday-Saturday and continue with the 5:05 p.m. Sunday game time. There will be just two weekday afternoon games: Wednesday, June 24 at 1:05 p.m. and Wednesday, July 12 at 1:05 p.m. There are nine Friday night fireworks and three additional Fireworks Super Shows on Memorial Weekend, Sunday, May 28 (5:05 p.m.), the Independence Celebration on Sunday, July 2 (5:05 p.m.) and Fan Appreciation Day, Thursday, August 31 (7:05 p.m.).
The American Association made a few changes for the 2017 season with the addition of the Cleburne Railroaders, who take over for the Joplin Blasters. In addition, the combined teams from 2016 of Grand Prairie and Amarillo, will now just play out of QuickTrip Park in Grand Prairie, and be known as the Grand Prairie AirHogs. The league will remain at 12 teams and will continue with three divisions: the North, Central and South. The North is comprised of the Saints, Fargo-Moorhead (ND) RedHawks, Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries and Winnipeg (MB) Goldeyes. The Central Division has the Gary SouthShore (IN) Railcats, Kansas City (KS) T-Bones, Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs and Sioux City (IA) Explorers. The South Division will have the Cleburne (TX) Railroaders, Grand Prairie (TX) AirHogs, Laredo (TX) Lemurs and Wichita (KS) Wingnuts.
The 100 game schedule will once again be continuous, with no halves, and the playoffs consisting of the three division winners and a wild card team, which is the club with the best overall record among the non-division winners.
The Saints will play a total of 44 games within their own division (22 home, 22 away), 36 against the Central (18 home, 18 away) and 20 against the South (10 home, 10 away).
Group and specialty seating tickets will go on sale November 18 while single game tickets will go on sale March 18. Season tickets are currently available for CHS Field. For more information contact the Saints ticket office at 651-644-6659 or visit saintsbaseball.com.
The entire 2017 schedule is below:
18-21 vs. Gary SouthShore 1 @ Lincoln
22-24 @ Sioux Falls 3-6 vs. Fargo-Moorhead
26-28 vs. Kansas City 7-9 @ Gary SouthShore
29-31 @ Cleburne 10-13 vs. Sioux Falls
14-17 @ Winnipeg
June 18-20 vs. Cleburne
1 @ Cleburne 21-24 vs. Wichita
2-4 @ Laredo 25-27 @ Fargo-Moorhead
5-7 @ Grand Prairie 29-31 vs. Winnipeg
8-10 @ Kansas City
12-14 vs. Sioux City September
16-18 @ Winnipeg 1-4 vs. Kansas City
19-21 @ Sioux Falls
22-25 vs. Winnipeg
27-29 vs. Sioux City
30 vs. Gary SouthShore
1-2 vs. Gary SouthShore
3-5 @ Sioux City
6-8 @ Fargo-Moorhead
10-13 vs. Sioux Falls
14-16 vs. Fargo-Moorhead
17-19 @ Winnipeg
21-23 vs. Laredo
24-25 All-Star Break @ Ottawa
26-27 vs. Sioux City
28-29 @ Sioux City
30-31 @ Lincoln