Blowfish Find New Home

Columbia Blowfish BlueyThe owner of the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) announced Monday that the team is moving to Lexington County (SC) for the 2015 season.  The Blowfish will play at a newly constructed baseball stadium on Ballpark Road at the site of the old Wildcat Hollow football stadium. Read more here.  View press release below: Continue reading

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Bringing Pro Ball Back to Jackson (MS)

Jackson MetsDespite a team in nearby Pearl (MS), Tim Bennett, president of Jackson (MS)-based Overtime Sports and co-owner of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) relocating to Biloxi (MS), is taking another run at bringing minor league baseball back to Jackson.  A site being targeted for a proposed new ballpark is at the corner of Mill and Hamilton streets in the historic Farish Street District.  Read more here.

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Saying Farewell to Midway Stadium

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoIn the world of independent professional baseball, there is no more hallowed ground than the indy pro St. Paul Saints’ (American Association) Midway Stadium.  This is where independent baseball was born and first thrived.  The Saints will soon say farewell to the only home they’ve ever known and move into a new, $54 million Lowertown ballpark next season.  Read more here.

St. Paul Saints Midway Porkchop by BallparkBiz

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Shovel City Crawlers Fold, First-Year IBL Limps to Finish, Former Pioneers GM Sounds Off

Independent Baseball League LogoShovel City Crawlers IBLThe Shovel City (Marion, OH) Crawlers from the first-year, four-team Independent Baseball League reportedly folded a month ago, leaving the Tiffin (OH) Saints, Adrian (MI) Pioneers, and the traveling Ohio Travelers to carry the circuit for rest of the 2014 season.  Read more here.  Now a man claiming to be the Pioneers former general manager is sharing his not-so-kind thoughts on a public forum.  Read postings here.

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Florence Freedom: Just Deduce It.

Florence Freedom LogoMurder mystery theater met minor league baseball, as the indy pro Florence Freedom (Frontier League) celebrated Sherlock Night on Saturday, which included Sherlock Holmes caps, t-shirts, and a live action murder mystery presented by the actors at the The Murder Mystery Company.

Florence Freedom Sherlock Holmes Night

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Pecos League Dumping Osos, Diablos

Riudoso OsosDouglas DiablosAs teams in the indy pro Pecos League begin post-season play, it has been made clear that the Roton Osos and first-year Douglas Diablos will not be returning in 2015.  At this point, the league will operate with eight teams next season.  Read about the demise of the Osos hereRead the Pecos League announcement about the Diablos here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte, NC)

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League).  Read more and view photos hereRead about the Knight’s long-time visiting clubhouse manager hereRead about the Knights’ Spanish-language radio team here.

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