The JAL 16 season, beginning on June 11th, will kick off with a battle between the defending champion Missouri Express and the West Coast Waves in the league's traditional Opening Game. As always, the game will take place directly after the annual championship Plate Ceremony.
Last season the West Coast Waves placed 3rd in the National Conference regular season standings, but defeated the #2 seeded Columbia Bison in the NC Semifinals to make an appearance in the NC Finals. Though they were beaten by the San Francisco Cobras, the Waves showed they are a team on the rise, and are possibly a "contender" to win it all in JAL 16.
The recent free agent addition of Taite Kleine to the Waves, combined with their already powerful batting lineup, should make next season's Opening Game vs legendary pitcher Kyle Godinho and the Missouri Express a fantastic way for the season to begin.
The complete JAL 16 season schedule of matchups (Every team's full 8-game schedule) will be released next Wednesday.