An 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.
Defeating the entire MiLB field of mascots last season, LouSeal, the mascot for the Triple-A Columbia Clippers (International League), became the second MiLB.com 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.
MLB.com 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.
After 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 O.co Coliseum through 2024. Read more here.