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A new baseball league is coming to North Texas this summer – and it's going to be wild

The Portland-based Wild Wild West League is expanded to North Texas with four new teams in 2022.
Wild Wild West League
The Portland-based Wild Wild West League is expanding to North Texas with four new teams in 2022.

Cleburne will soon be the home of a new division of a baseball league that hopes to make the town a hub for a fresh take on the sport.

The Wild Wild West League is a wood bat summer collegiate baseball league known for its quirky fan-centered games.

The league started in Portland, Oregon where games feature a robot umpire named Picklebot 3000. Fans also take part in the sport at some games, like if a fan in the stands catches the ball cleanly, the batter is out.

Now the league is expanding to the City of Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, with four new Texas teams: the Fort Worth Rodeo Cats, the Burleson Boxers, the Cleburne Eagles and the Joshua Trees.

“We really believe that baseball should be fun, and we believe it should be for everyone and to that end, we really take advantage of this league to continue a lot of innovations,” said Alan Miller, the league’s Marshall.

Miller said the games are also an opportunity for fans to see young players in action before they get drafted.

“I think what we're really looking for is we're trying to give college students another opportunity to showcase their skills throughout the summer at a high level,” Miller said.

The first season of the Wild Wild West League kicks off this June at The Depot Stadium in Cleburne.

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Pablo Arauz Peña is the Growth and Infrastructure Reporter for KERA News.