Jackson (MI) Considers New Ballpark Proposal

Frontier League logoDan DuBois, chief financial officer at RW Mercer Co. who also spent 14 seasons in finances and planning at Michigan International Speedway, is proposing a plan to build a new baseball stadium in Jackson (MI) and bring in a professional baseball team — possibly a Frontier League franchise.  Jackson has a city population of around 35,000.  Jackson County has a population of around 160,000.  Read more here.

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Returning Replacements Rock Midway Stadium Before Demolition

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe Replacements’ long-awaited hometown reunion concert took place at Midway Stadium in front of 13,000 fans on Saturday Sept. 13.  The event was one of the last at Midway, which is expected to be demolished, as the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) depart for a new ballpark.  Read reviews and see photos here and here.  View photo gallery here.  Watch YouTube videos of concert here.  Read about the Replacements on Wiki hereGo to the Replacements website here.
The Replacements at Midway Stadium Poster 9.13.14

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Ballpark Quirks: Rogers Centre’s (SkyDome’s) Retractable Roof

Sports IllustratedToronto Blue Jays LogoIn a series called “Ballpark Quirks,” Sports Illustrated takes a look at the distinctive features and oddities that make up each of MLB’s 30 parks. Up now: Rogers Centre’s (SkyDome’s) retractable roof.  Read more and view photos here.

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Fall Beer Festival Held at Lugnuts’ Home

Lansing Lugnuts LogoThe Fall 2014 Beerfest at the Ballpark was held on Friday, Sept. 12, at Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League).  Read more here.  Watch photo gallery video here.

Beerfest at the Ballpark

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Braves New Ballpark Groundbreaking Tuesday

Atlanta Braves LogoThe Atlanta Braves will break ground on their new ballpark on Tuesday, September 16, at 11 am ET.  The event will be streamed live on braves.com.  The Braves will begin play in their new digs starting the 2017 season.  Read more here.

Atlanta Braves Ballpark Rendering

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Multiple PDCs Extended

Major League Baseball LogoMinor League Baseball LogoThe Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) and Tampa Bay Rays, the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League) and Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League) and San Francisco Giants have extended their player development contracts.

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El Paso’s Southwest University Park is DigitalBallparks.com’s Ballpark of the Year

DigitalBallparks LogoEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com have named Southwest University Park, home of the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League), the 2014 Digitalballparks Ballpark of the Year.  As stated by the Pastores, “SUP is one of the most spectacular ballparks we’ve seen to date…”  View photo gallery here.  As you recall, Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently named SUP the top ballpark too.  Read more here.

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