Plan to Include Historic Hinchliffe Stadium in National Park Advances

NewYorkBlackYankeesNewYorkCubansAn effort to include historic Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson (NJ) within the boundaries of Great Falls National Park gained momentum this week, with the House unanimously passing Rep. Bill Pascrell’s legislation Tuesday and a Senate committee holding a hearing on Wednesday.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Korean Pro Baseball Team Introduces ‘Fanbots’

Hanwha Eagles LogoThe Hanwha Eagles ( Korea Baseball Organization) of Daejeon (South Korea) have dedicated a section of their stadium’s seating to new robots, which will project messages and photos sent from fans who are unable to make it to games.  Read more and watch video here.

Hanwha Eagles Fanbot Logo

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2014 MiLB Mascot Mania Underway

Minor League Baseball LogoDefeating the entire MiLB field of mascots last season, LouSeal, the mascot for the Triple-A Columbia Clippers (International League), became the second Mascot Mania champion.  LouSeal is back to defend his title, as the 2014 Mascot Mania competition is underway.  Fans have until August 4 to cast their votes in the initial “League Round.”  Read more and vote here.

Mascot Mania 2014

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This Week’s Promo Preview reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of July 23 – July 29, including “Clunker Boat Night” (Arkansas Travelers), a decade-by-decade “20th Century Rewind Night” celebration (Fort Wayne TinCaps), and a kinky “50 Shades of Holly [the mascot] Thumbcuff Giveaway” for those 18 and older (Orem Owlz).  Read more here.

Here is an example of thumbcuffs, but we're not exactly sure what the Owlz's "50 Shades" version be

Here is an example of thumbcuffs, but we’re not exactly sure what the Owlz’s “50 Shades” version will look like

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A’s, City Agree to 10-Year Lease Extension

Oakland A's LogoAfter months of wrangling and public spats, the Oakland A’s and the city they have called home for nearly a half-century agreed to a lease extension that could keep the team at Coliseum through 2024.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Council Approves Ballpark Construction Bid

Biloxi Baseball Double BConstruction of the new MGM Ballpark in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) could get underway as soon as mid August, as the city council approved a trimmed-down construction bid Tuesday.  Read more here and here.

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Pig Smooching Raises Nearly $40K

Richmond Flying SquirrelsPRESS RELEASE – The Richmond Flying Squirrels Charities, the non-profit foundation of the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are pleased to announce that the inaugural Smooch-A-Pig charity fundraising campaign raised nearly $40,000 for Richmond area youth athletics. Continue reading

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