TUPPER LAKE, NY- The Islanders Baseball organization which represented Puerto Rico for 3 Empire League seasons will represent the country of Japan in 2022. The Empire League which is known as a Professional Baseball Developmental League for the MLB Partner leagues, announced today that it will avoid dealing with any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions that would make it very difficult for teams to travel back and forth and be housed out side of the country this year. For that reason, a team made up of Japanese players will be put in place to be a travel team in the Empire League for the 2022 season.

With the Islanders previous manager Tony Rodriguez moving up to the higher level MLB affiliate League in Mexico, and the team now representing the country of Japan, the Empire league will continue to provide many opportunities to players from Puerto Rico that attend the Empire Showcase Camps and Tryouts. Nearly 100 roster spots will still need to be filled with the other teams in the league as usual, and it is always up to the players to show what they have at the tryout camps to earn those spots.

To Play in the Empire League for an opportunity to be moved up to an MLB partnered league, players must request invite to the Empire tryout camps, and attend if accepted. Visit

Article by Empire Media