Dan 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.
The 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 here. Go to the Replacements website here.
In 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.
The 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.
Eric 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.