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Ballpark Quirks: Wrigley Field’s Brick and Ivy Outfield Wall

Sports IllustratedChicago Cubs 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: Wrigley Field’s brick and ivy outfield wall.  Read more and view photos here.

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MountainStar Snatches Up Ballpark-Front Properties

El Paso Chihuahuas HeadOne of the most sought-after ballpark-front properties in Downtown El Paso (TX) has reportedly been sold to the MountainStar group that owns the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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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.

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Ballpark Quirks: Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Company Building

Sports IllustratedSan Diego Padres New Logo 2011-2012In 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: Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Company building.  Read more and view photos here.

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Ballpark Quirks: Target Field’s Plaza

Sports IllustratedMinnesota Twins 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: Target Field’s Plaza.  Read more and view photos here.

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MiLB’s Interactive iBeacon Project Enters Second Phase

Major League Baseball LogoMajor League Baseball’s iBeacon project is entering phase two, with a debut project at this year’s All-Star Game at Target Field that uses Apple’s iBeacons combined with in-park attractions to offer additional content and interactive features to the exhibits via their devices.  Read more here.

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Self-Serve Beer Station Makes Debut at Target Field

Minnesota Twins LogoThe Minnesota Twins introduced a self-serve beer station at Target Field on Sunday during the game against the New York Yankees.  A second station is expected to be added in time for the All-Star Game next week.  Read more and view photo here.

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Ballpark Quirks: Nationals Park’s Views of D.C.

Sports IllustratedWashington Nationals 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: Nationals Park’s views of D.C.  Read more and view photos here.

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Wrigley Renovations on Deck July 10, Rooftop Owners Agree Not to Sue If…

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs are on the July 10 agenda for the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and expect to win approval for their revised plan to renovate Wrigley Field, including seven outfield signs — two of them video scoreboards.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.  Meanwhile, the rooftop owners have agreed not to sue if only two signs are erected.  Read more here.

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Thunderbolts Getting New Scoreboard/Videoboard

Windy City Thunderbolts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Village of Crestwood and the Windy City ThunderBolts are proud to announce that Standard Bank Stadium will greatly improve the fan experience at the ballpark with the addition of a new scoreboard/video board that will be fullly completed by August 1st. Continue reading

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Ballpark Quirks: Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park

Sports IllustratedNew York Yankees 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: Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.  Read more and view photos here.

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Pilots Getting Ballpark Upgrades

University of Portland Pilots LogoThe University of Portland has started a renovation of Joe Etzel Field that includes installing artificial turf and will eventually include adding lights.  The university has raised $850,000 for the renovations, including $400,000 from Safeway executive and University of Portland regent Larree RendaRead more hereRead background hereView original plans here.

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Red Wings Seeking State Funds for Frontier Field Upgrades

Rochester Red Wings New Primary LogoMonroe County and the Rochester Red Wings are seeking $4.5 million from the state for a $7.5 million makeover of Frontier Field, which could include a baseball museum in the old firehouse, installing a new field, revamping the concourse and suites and improving the front gate entrance.  Read more here.

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USA vs. Portugal at Target Field Station

Minnesota Twins LogoThe Minnesota Twins have invited everyone to watch USA vs. Portugal live in the FIFA World Cup on the permanent video screen at the new Target Field (light rail) Station at 5:00 p.m. CST Sunday.

Target Field Station, Minnesota Twins Facebook photo

Target Field Station, Minnesota Twins Facebook photo

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Charlotte Ballpark Most High-Tech Thanks to High-Tech Infrastructure

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoThe Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) partnered with Hickory (NC)-based CommScope to make sure their new BB&T Ballpark one of the most technologically advanced in minor league baseball.  Read more here.

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A More Advanced Guitar Scoreboard for New Sounds Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoThe Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will still have a guitar-shaped scoreboard when they move into their new home next year.  Team owner Frank Ward and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Friday unveiled plans for the new state-of-the-art scoreboard at First Tennessee Park — currently under construction in the Sulphur Dell area.  Read more and view photos hereRead press release here.

Nashville Sounds New State-of-the-Art Guitar Scoreboard

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Ballpark Quirks: Marlins Park’s Fish Tanks

Sports IllustratedMiami Marlins New 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: Marlins Park’s fish tanks.  Read more and view photos here.

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River Bandits Expand Amusements with ‘Space Camp’

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements will open another new ride at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night, as “Space Camp” makes its debut at the ballpark. Continue reading

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IronBirds Go ‘Ripken Orange’ in the Outfield

Aberdeen IronBirds New LogoPRESS RELEASE – Ripken Baseball today completed installation of its “Ripken orange” outfield wall upgrade, creating a unique ballpark experience at Ripken Stadium, home to hundreds of elite youth baseball tournaments and the Aberdeen IronBirds, short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Aberdeen IronBirds Facebook photo

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Developing the Old Sawmill District Next to Osprey’s Home

Missoula Osprey LogoA development team looking to transform an old sawmill site along the Clark Fork River in Missoula (MT)  into a trendy urban village, complete with condominiums, office space, shopping, dining, student housing and senior living.  That should be good news for next door neighbor Ogren Park Allegiance Field, home of the Rookie-level Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League).  Read more hereView map here.

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Funding for Meeting Space Added to Malden Ballpark Plan Progresses in Legislature

Malden MA SealA plan to add state-funded conference meeting space at the proposed now-$80 million Malden (MA) ballpark to house a proposed indy pro Atlantic League franchise is making progress at Beacon Hill, as funding for the amenity has been passed by both the Massachusetts House and Senate as part of a capitol bonds bill.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Quirks: Kauffman Stadium’s Fountains

Sports IllustratedKansas City Royals 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: Kauffman Stadium’s fountains.  Read more and view photos here.

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International League Venues From the Press Box

International League LogoTriple-A Buffalo Bisons play-by-play voice Ben Wagner takes a looks at International League venues from the broadcast booth.  Read more here.

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Lansing City Council Approves $23.5 Million Cooley Law School Stadium Renovation and Development

Lansing Lugnuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – On Monday night, the Lansing City Council officially approved a plan for Cooley Law School Stadium to receive a fully-modernizing $10.5 million renovation as part of a larger project to incorporate a private mixed-use development into the ballpark outfield. Continue reading

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Twins Unveil New Statue at Target Field

Minnesota Twins LogoWith a sizable pregame crowd in attendance, the Minnesota Twins unveiled a brand new statue of mascot T.C. Bear at the Target Field plaza outside of Gate 29 on Sunday morning.  Read more here.

Unveiling the new T.C. Bear statue, Minnesota Twins Facebook photo

Unveiling the new T.C. Bear statue, Minnesota Twins Facebook photo

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Ballpark Quirks: Comerica Park’s Centerfield Fountain

Sports IllustratedDetroit Tigers 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: Comerica Park’s centerfield fountain.  Read more and view photos here.

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West Coast League Unveils New Website, Announces Partnership with Black Ball Ferry Line

West Coast League LogoPRESS RELEASE – With the start of the West Coast League’s 10th season only days away, the League is excited to announce a partnership with Black Ball Ferry Line that will see the Coho Ferry designated as the “Preferred Ferry of the West Coast League” for the 2014 season. Continue reading

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Ballpark Quirks: Safeco Field’s Retractable (Umbrella) Roof

Sports IllustratedSeattle Mariners 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: Safeco Field’s retractable (umbrella) roof.  Read more and view photos here.

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Woodchucks Open Newly Renovated Ballpark

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoThe summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) held their home opener Friday night in front of 1,751 at newly renovated Athletic Park in Wausau (WI).  The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters defeated the Woodchucks 8-4 to keep the home team winless at 0-4, but let’s focus on the ballpark renovations designed by PendulumView Twitter photos hereView the old Athletic Park here.

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

 

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Sharks Showcase Ballpark Renovations During Home Opener

Wilmington Shark New Logo 1Fans of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League) entered Buck Hardee Field on Wednesday for the home opener with excitement not only for baseball but also to see the park’s renovations, including a new scoreboard, new box seating, new backstop and netting installation, and replacement of the current audio system.  Read more hereView photo gallery here.

Buck Hardee Field renovation photo, Wilmington Sharks Facebook page

Buck Hardee Field renovations photo, Wilmington Sharks Facebook page

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New Owners, New Season for Bullfrogs

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2The new owners of the  summer collegiate Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League) are gearing up for the 2014 season, with about $70,000 in offseason upgrades to Joannes Stadium.  Improvements include a new main entrance down the left-field line, an open-air concessions building near the third-base side, and the replacement of the chain link fence behind home plate.  Read more here.

Concrete being laid for new Festival Foods Grill, Green Bay Bullfrogs Twitter photo

Concrete being laid for new Festival Foods Grill, Green Bay Bullfrogs Twitter photo

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Ballpark Quirks: Citizens Bank Park’s Ashburn Alley

Sports IllustratedPhiladelphia Phillies 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: Citizens Bank Park’s Ashburn Alley.  Read more and view photos here.

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Watch Independent Professional Baseball Live

Independent Professional Baseball Logo FacebookWe’re not sure when the site was launched (maybe it’s old news), but the indy pro American Association, Can-Am League, and Frontier League have banded together to show live games via IndependentProfessionalBaseball.com.  We don’t see an Atlantic League logo, but the outlet’s Facebook page states, “Live streaming of baseball games from the American Association, Atlantic League, CanAm League and Frontier League.”

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ValleyCats to Install Largest Videoboard in New York-Penn League

Tri City Valley Cats Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Tri-City ValleyCats have announced that a brand new, state-of-the- art, LED video board will be installed prior to the 2014 season, which will significantly enhance the fan experience at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The board will be the largest main video display in the New York-Penn League. Continue reading

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Taking the First Ride on the Bandits New Ferris Wheel

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryQuad-City Times columnist Bill Wundram and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba were among the first passengers to take a ride on the new Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits.  Read more and view photos hereRead about the May 24 Inaugural Ride event here.

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Nats Rickrolling Fans to Teach Ballpark Etiquette

Washington Nationals WFirst we have Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick’s sexy 1984 walk-up song to bring a little 80’s nostalgia to the ballpark.  Now we have the Washington Nationals using the 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” performed by British singer Rick Astley to teach fans about ballpark etiquette.  Read more here.  Yes, we had to look up “Rickrolling.”

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Kenosha City Council Approves Simmons Field Parking Plan, 3,218 Capacity

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha City Council voted 12-1 Monday night to approve the Kenosha Kingfish parking plan and thus a Simmons Field capacity of 3,218. Stadium capacity is determined by the combination of off-street parking provided in the parking plan and the actual space inside the facility. Continue reading

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Ballpark Quirks: Coors Field’s Rooftop Deck

Sports IllustratedColorado Rockies 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: Coors Field’s Rooftop Deck.  Read more and view photos here.

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An Inside Peek at the Cardinals Museum at Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoKMOX’s Chris Hrabe went on a guided tour through the St. Louis Cardinals museum at the new Ballpark Village with Mike Konzen of PGAV Destinations who helped bring this project to life.  Read more and watch video here.

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New Clubhouse for Whitecaps

Whitecaps LogoThe Single-A West Whitecaps (Midwest League) on Thursday moved into their new clubhouse that had been under construction since a Jan. 3 fire destroyed the right-field concourse area.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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