The 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.
The 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.
PRESS 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
Because 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 here. Watch video here.
Despite 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 here. Check out the VIP ice mugs here.
PRESS 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
PRESS 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
Minor 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 here. View schedule here.
PRESS 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
A 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.
The 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.
The 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.
PRESS 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
Game 1 of the Australian Baseball League Championship Series is underway, as the Canberra Cavalry are taking on the Perth Heat at Barbagallo Ballpark. Follow 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
PRESS 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
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
The 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 here. View Facebook photos here.
2014 Snowball Classic, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo
The 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
The 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.
Legendary 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.
PRESS 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
PRESS 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
A 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.
Dodger 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 here. Get a first-hand look inside Dodger Stadium here. Watch KISS perform here.
PRESS 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
The 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.
PRESS 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
Several hundred baseball fans turned out Thursday afternoon for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new downtown Biloxi (MS) baseball stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League). Read more and watch news report here.
Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects
The temps in Los Angeles have been about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year, but the NHL rink at Dodger Stadium is ready for Saturday night’s game between the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Read more and view photos here. Raising the fun bar, there will be beach volleyball in left field, a small pond in right field, and a street hockey area. The rock band KISS will also be performing. Read more here.
Dodger Stadium with NHL hockey rink, photo by friend Kurt Stelling taken during helicopter flyby
The new $99 million spring training complex for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa (AZ) will be opened to the public during an event scheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. The event will include self-guided and trolley tours of Cubs Park and Riverview Park. Read more here.
The indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce are throwing a party at the end of the month to celebrate the future regional ballpark in lowertown St. Paul. Read more here. View press release here
The Nashville (TN) Mayor’s office has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Sulphur Dell ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) will be held January 27 and will include a festival and a special appearance by MLB All-Star Albert Pujols. Read more here. View news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, announces Morton Community Bank as the presenting sponsor of the hot stove banquet on Jan. 23. The reception and silent auction will start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and take place at the Marriot in Uptown Normal. The CornBelters will play their first regular season home Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Akron RubberDucks are teaming with the historic Akron Civic Theatre to host an exciting Family Fun Day on Sunday, February 9 at 2:30 p.m., which will include the unveiling of the new Akron RubberDucks uniforms. Continue reading
It’s -36 degrees with the wind chill right now in St. Paul (MN), so what better time to think about holding an outdoor baseball game in middle of winter? Well, on February 1, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) plan to embrace the snow and brutal freezing temperatures by holding the Ice Bowl Game at Midway Stadium, just like they did in 2009 and 2010. More details coming soon.
Ice Bowl Game at Midway Stadium, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo
College football is coming to Fenway Park, as the home of the Boston Red Sox will host Notre Dame vs. Boston College in 2015 Shamrock Series. Read more here.
Notre Dame football Facebook page
The Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (International League) and Frontier Field began hosting outdoor hockey with the Rochester Americans vs. Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) on Friday, Dec. 13. A full slate of other games and events will take place at the facility through Sunday, Dec. 21. Read more here. View photos here and here.
PRESS RELEASE - The West Michigan Whitecaps today released ticket pricing and on-sale dates for the 50th Midwest League All-Star Game, which will be played at Fifth Third Ballpark on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. In addition, the Whitecaps unveiled the All-Star logo. Continue reading
The annual conference for everyone in the baseball industry kicks off today at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando (FL). The event goes from Dec. 9-12 and includes the Baseball Trade Show and PBEO Job Fair. Read more here. View schedule here. You can follow the event on Twitter and Facebook. A mobile app is also available.