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Saints Host Annual ‘Running of the Pigs’ 5K Race for Active Runners, ZeroK Race for Couch Potatoes

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – It is often imitated, but never duplicated.  There are those that erroneously feel they have the world’s shortest race.  You can search high and low, from one end of the globe to the other, but there is only one place to find a race that begins and ends in the same place in the time it takes to shoot off the start/finish pistol. Continue reading

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UI-Chicago Flames to Open New $10 Million Ballpark Thursday

University of Illinois Chicago Flames LogoOfficials from the University of Illinois at Chicago will officially unveil the school’s new $10 million baseball stadium during opening festivities on Thursday.  The ballpark is named after Curtis Granderson, the New York Mets outfielder and three-time Major League Baseball all-star who ponied up $5 million for the project.  Read more hereView photos of incomplete stadium here.

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Inaugural Home Opener Tonight for New Charlotte Ballpark

Charlotte Knights New Primary LogoIt will be a sold-out show for BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte (NC) Friday night, as the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) play their first game in their new 10,000-seat baseball stadium.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Elmira Pioneers to Host 2014 PGCBL All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

Elmira Pioneers LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Elmira Pioneers are proud to announce that Historic Dunn Field will host the league’s brightest stars for the 2014 PGCBL All-Star Game and festivities. Continue reading

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College Teams to Christen Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The UW-Parkside baseball team will host the UW-Milwaukee Panthers on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:05 pm in the first collegiate game to be played at the newly renovated Simmons Field. Continue reading

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Growlers Introduce Mascot

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadDuring an event last Friday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites, the first-year summer collegiate Kalamazoo Growlers (Northwoods League) introduced “Barlee,” the team’s new mascot.  View event photos here.

Barlee is introduced to the crowd, Kalamazoo Growlers Facebook photo

Barlee is introduced to the crowd, Kalamazoo Growlers Facebook photo

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ZZ Top, Jeff Beck to Rock Home of the Osprey

Missoula Osprey LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey in conjunction with The Knitting Factory announced today that ZZ Top and Jeff Beck will be live in concert at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Friday, August 8. The gates will open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6. Continue reading

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Saints Go Naughty with Three-Way XXXhibition Game

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoWhether this is real (it’s certainly feasible) or an April Fools’ Day joke, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are one of the few teams that can pull-off promoting a three-way XXXhibition game without getting crucified by the offended.  Enjoy the press release below: Continue reading

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MLB Returns to Montreal Today and Saturday

Montreal Expos LogoGround crews are preparing Olympic stadium in Montreal for Major League Baseball exhibition games on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.  So far, more than 37,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s game and more than 43,000 for Saturday’s afternoon game.  Read more and watch news report here.

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York Revolution Bringing Major Pyro Show to Santander Stadium

York Revolution SecondaryPRESS RELEASE – Yes, it’s fireworks.  Yes, it’s taking place at Santander Stadium.  And NO, FIRESTOCK is NOT your typical fireworks event.  In fact, it’s not your typical anything. Continue reading

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Kiger Stadium to Get Improvements in Preparation for 2014 WCL All-Star Game

Klamath Falls Gems LogoPRESS RELEASE – Fans will notice significant changes and improvements this spring and summer when attending games at Klamath’s Kiger Stadium. The City of Klamath Falls, The Kiger Association, along with Jerry and Lisa Walker, owners of the Klamath Falls Gems, have pooled together resources for improvements at Kiger Stadium that will include the building of new ADA accessible men’s and women’s restrooms. Continue reading

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Mariners Hire Ballpark Events Manager for Non-Baseball Events

Seattle Mariners LogoPRESS RELEASE – Alisia Anderson, who has extensive experience in meeting planning, convention sales and special events, has joined the Seattle Mariners as the Director of Ballpark Sales and Marketing for Safeco Field. Continue reading

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St. Cloud Rox to Introduce New Mascot

St Cloud RoxThe summer collegiate St. Cloud Rox (Northwoods League) have announced that they will unveil their new mascot on Thursday, March 20th at Brothers Bar & Grill in St. Cloud (MN).  The mascot unveiling event will start at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public.  There will be no charge for admission and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Grand Opening Festivities Announced for Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoThe St. Louis Cardinals are a month away from their home opener at Busch Stadium, but they announced a series of events at the brand new Ballpark Village in St. Louis on Thursday.  Read more here and here.

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Storm Chasers to Host 2015 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game, Release Logo

Omaha Storm Chasers Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Omaha Storm Chasers have been selected to host the 28th annual Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game to be held during the week of July 12-15, 2015. The Triple-A All-Star game will take place at Werner Park, and will include several days of exciting events and activities. A committee of nine local business and civic leaders, chaired by Dan O’Neill, president of First National Bank, the event’s Continue reading

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Opening of SIU’s New Ballpark Delayed

Southern Illinois University Salukis LogoBecause of construction challenges caused by a tough winter, the grand opening of Richard “Itchy” Jones Stadium, the new home of the Southern Illinois University Salukis, has been delayed from this weekend until March 14.  SIU’s series against Northern Illinois scheduled for this weekend has been moved to Rent One Park in Marion, home of the indy pro Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League).  Read more hereWatch video here.

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Despite Tent-Flattening Winds, Ballpark Brew Festival a Success

West Michigan White Caps LogoDespite freezing temperatures and high winds that flattened festival tents on Friday, 6,000 beer lovers showed up Saturday for the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), to sample 768 available brews.  Read more and view photos hereCheck out the VIP ice mugs here.

West Michigan Whitecaps 2014 Winter Beer Festival

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ in Crestwood

Windy City Thunderbolts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Windy City ThunderBolts and the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch are proud to announce a “Battle of the Sexes” fastpitch softball game at Standard Bank Stadium on Monday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. Continue reading

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Saints Once Again Barnstorming Town Ball Style

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – Crazy costumes and outfits are a large part of the fun and entertainment the St. Paul Saints have provided during their first 21 seasons.  It’s only fitting then, that the Saints are taking their 2014 barnstorming game to a city that is believed to be the first in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration, Anoka.  The Saints, in conjunction with Killebrew Root Beer and Continue reading

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Professional Soccer to Play Season at LaGrave Field

Forth Worth Cats LogoMinor league soccer is coming to LaGrave Field, home of the indy pro Fort Worth Cats (United League).  The newly named Fort Worth Vaqueros FC from the National Premier Soccer League will begin play at LaGrave beginning May 9.  Read more hereView schedule here.

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Inaugural Ripken Cup: Maryland vs. Towson

Ripken Baseball LogoPRESS RELEASE – Ripken Baseball today announced plans for the inaugural Ripken Cup collegiate baseball invitational between University of Maryland and Towson University. The two-game series will be hosted at Ripken Stadium on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, May 7 at 7:05 pm. Continue reading

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Designated ‘Clean Zones’ for 2014 MLB All-Star Game

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoA resolution making its way through the Minneapolis City Council would give Major League Baseball veto power over any temporary businesses licenses in three designated “clean zones” in Minneapolis from July 5-20.  The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be played on July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.  Read more and view maps here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Whitecaps to Hold First Public Event at Fire-Damaged Ballpark

West Michigan White Caps LogoThe Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 15, to provide fans an opportunity to look at construction efforts at Fifth Third Ballpark.  It will be the first public event at the ballpark since a fire on Jan. 3 destroyed the first-base side of the structure and caused other damage.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Cubs Open New Spring Training Facility with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Chicago Cubs LogoThe Chicago Cubs unveiled their new Spring Training ballpark in Mesa (AZ) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, ending a five-year project to keep the team in the city.  Read more watch video here.

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14-Game High School Slate Begins Monday at Whataburger Field

Corpus Christi Hooks LogoPRESS RELEASE – Pay no attention to the weather. The “interschool games” portion of the University Interscholastic League’s high school baseball calendar begins Monday, with all area teams opening by Thursday the 20th. Continue reading

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Australian Baseball League Championship Series Underway (6:05 AM EST)

Australian Baseball League LogoGame 1 of the Australian Baseball League Championship Series is underway, as the Canberra Cavalry are taking on the Perth Heat at Barbagallo BallparkFollow on Twitter here.  The game is being covered live on ESPN Australia/New Zealand, so there is no live streaming we could find.  Sigh. Continue reading

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Barons Announce Details for 19th Rickwood Classic

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to legendary Rickwood Field for the 19th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance® and YP. Continue reading

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Flying Squirrels, Richmond International Raceway Announce Inaugural Charity Golf Event

Richmond Flying SquirrelsPRESS RELEASE – The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Richmond International Raceway are joining forces to host the inaugural Turn Left Golf Classic. The charity golf event, which will be held at The Dominion Club on Monday, June 2nd, strengthens the partnership between two of the most impactful brands in the RVA community. The tournament will equally benefit the charity arms of both organizations, Richmond Continue reading

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Australian Baseball League Championship Series Begins Feb. 7

The Australian Baseball League Championship Series is set, as the Canberra Cavalry downed the Sydney Blue Sox 7-1 Sunday in deciding Game 3 of the Preliminary Series.  The Cavalry will now travel to Perth for the three-game, winner-take-all final against the Heat at Barbagallo Ballpark starting Friday, Feb. 7. Continue reading

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Snowball Classic a Success

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) successfully held the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy Snowball Classic on Saturday afternoon at Midway Stadium.  Indeed, softball in the snow is quite a spectacle!  Read more and watch news report hereView Facebook photos here.

2014 Snowball Classic, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

2014 Snowball Classic, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

 

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Australian Baseball League Playoffs Begin Friday (Early, Early AM EST)

Australian Baseball League LogoThe Canberra Cavalry will face the Sydney Blue Sox for three-game Australian Baseball League Preliminary Final set to begin Friday.  The winner of the best-of-three series will travel to Perth for a Claxton Shield clash with the Heat.  The Perth Heat are the regular season champs and get a by to advance directly to the ABL Championship Series beginning Feb. 7. Continue reading

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NHL Wraps Up Outdoor Hockey Series at Yankees Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers NHL Stadium Series LogoThe 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series wrapped up at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night, as the NHL’s New York Rangers defeated the New York Islanders 2-1.  Just four days earlier on Sunday afternoon, the Rangers beat New Jersey Devils 7-3 at the famous ballpark.  A total of 100,132 fans attended the two games.  Read more and view photo here.

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Neil Diamond to Sing Famous Song at Baseball Stadium Opening

Notre Dame High SchoolLegendary singer Neil Diamond will sing his famous song “Sweet Caroline” at the opening of the brand new $3-million baseball stadium at Notre Dame high school in Sherman Oaks (CA) on Feb. 22.  Read more here.

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Lansing Lugnuts Announce Inaugural Beerfest

Lansing Lugnuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lansing Lugnuts, in conjunction with I’m A Beer Hound, officially announce the inaugural Beerfest at the Ballpark at Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday, April 5th. Festival hours are scheduled from 1pm-6pm with a special VIP entry starting at noon. Continue reading

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Cyclones to Host 2014 NYPL All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

Brooklyn Cyclones LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Brooklyn Cyclones and the New York-Penn League have announced that the 10th Annual NYPL All-Star Game will be coming to Coney Island during the Summer of 2014. MCU Park, which hosted the first-ever New York-Penn League All-Star Game in 2005, will once again welcome the best the league has to offer on Tuesday, August 19th. Continue reading

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Ceremonial Groundbreaking Held for New Sulphur Dell Ballpark

Nashville Sounds LogoA groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the new Sulphur Dell ballpark to be built for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League).  MLB All-Star Albert Pujols participated in the event.  Watch news report and view photos here.

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Quite An NHL Spectacle at Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers NHL Stadium Series LogoDodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, hosted a completely California-style outdoor hockey game Saturday between the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.  Of note, there was a beach volleyball court in left field, the rock band KISS performed in right field, and it was a balmy 63 degrees when the puck was dropped.  Read more and watch video hereGet a first-hand look inside Dodger Stadium hereWatch KISS perform here.

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Lookouts to Host 2014 Southern League All-Star Game, Logo Unveiled

Chattanooga_LookoutsPRESS RELEASE – The Chattanooga Lookouts are excited to announce that the organization will host the 2014 Southern League All-Star Game presented by Coca-Cola and EPB Fiber Optics at AT&T Field. The 38th annual Southern League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:15 p.m. with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. This is the first time the Lookouts have hosted the event since Continue reading

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TwinsFest Begins Today at Target Field

Minnesota Twins LogoThe Minnesota Twins’ annual TwinsFest will be held at Target Field starting today.  The event will run from January 24-26.  And yes, folks, the logo is very representative of the sub-zero weather we are having in Minnesota right now.  Read more here.

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Blue Rocks to Flip the Script with Backwards Home Run Derby During All-Star Game

Wilmington Blue Rocks New Mascot LogoPRESS RELEASE – On December 7, 1787 the state of Delaware forged its identity by becoming the first state to ratify the constitution of the United States of America. It was the first step down a long path of trendsetting that has helped set Delaware apart from its peers. The Wilmington Blue Rocks will continue that tradition of trying new things by becoming the first Continue reading

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