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- Field Manager and Director of Baseball Operations, Mike Breyman has been relieved of his duties after one-year. Breyman took the reigns of the Joliet Slammers and guided them to a 38-57 record, good for second last in the Frontier League's West Division. This will be the Slammers third manager in three years.
- The Long Island Ducks are back-to-back Atlantic League champions. Despite placing second in the Liberty Division with a losing 63-77 record, they defeated the 90-win Somerset Patriots in an epic five-game series that saw four games decided by one-run including a 16-inning marathon that the Patriots won 2-1.
- Kansas City T-Bones manager Kenny Hook will not have his contract renewed for the 2014 season. After two years his record stands at 91-109, including 40 wins in 2012, their lowest win total since they moved to Kansas City prior to 2003.
- The Frontier League's Florence Freedom have something in mind other than baseball; helping people. The Freedom is assisting those government workers impacted by the recent government shutdown that announced the layoff of 800,000 workers. According to the team's website, "the team will offer positions as independent contractors selling ticket packages for the upcoming 2014 season".
- Steve McQuail, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 30th round of the of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Canisius College, has played the last two years with the Schaumberg Boomers of the Frontier League. 40 home runs and 115 RBI later, he's back in affiliated ball after signing a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. McQuail will join teammate Sean Mahey who was also signed by the Diamondbacks shortly after the Boomers championship season ended.