Despite a team in nearby Pearl (MS), Tim Bennett, president of Jackson (MS)-based Overtime Sports and co-owner of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) relocating to Biloxi (MS), is taking another run at bringing minor league baseball back to Jackson. A site being targeted for a proposed new ballpark is at the corner of Mill and Hamilton streets in the historic Farish Street District. Read more here. UPDATED: In another report, the ballpark would be for Jackson State, not a new pro team, which makes far more sense. Read more here.
Category Archives: League & Franchise
The Shovel City (Marion, OH) Crawlers from the first-year, four-team Independent Baseball League reportedly folded a month ago, leaving the Tiffin (OH) Saints, Adrian (MI) Pioneers, and the traveling Ohio Travelers to carry the circuit for rest of the 2014 season. Read more here. Now a man claiming to be the Pioneers former general manager is sharing his not-so-kind thoughts on a public forum. Read postings here.
As teams in the indy pro Pecos League begin post-season play, it has been made clear that the Roton Osos and first-year Douglas Diablos will not be returning in 2015. At this point, the league will operate with eight teams next season. Read about the demise of the Osos here. Read the Pecos League announcement about the Diablos here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced that it has ratified six measures to begin August 1 and continue for the remainder of the 2014 season. The ALPB will test the effectiveness of the new rules and their ability to speed up games and keep fans engaged. All rules will be subject to future evaluation by the Pace of Play Committee and Continue reading
In Part I of a four-part series, New Herald writer Brad Milner begins exploring the prospects for and potential impact of a proposed $30 million ballpark and minor league franchise in Panama Beach City/Bay County (FL). Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Down a dirt road in a back corner of a vast Tehran sports complex, several dozen young men recently took part in tryouts for Iran’s national baseball team. They are a small but growing number of Iranians taking up America’s pastime despite long odds. Closer to the “Bad News Bears” than the major leagues, organized baseball has been played there since 1991. Read more and view photo gallery here. View Facebook gallery here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League owners met in Elmira, NY prior to the PGCBL All Star Game on July 14th and named Marty Radford as the owner of the new team that begins play in Saugerties, NY in 2015. Continue reading
We’re not sure how legitimate this is, but a new independent professional league called the East Coast Baseball League is being proposed. As usual, we’ll take a wait-and-see approach, but it’s a red flag when information about the founder(s) is non-existent. It’s also a red flag when a new league is seeking “Player Data” on the front page of their website. That’s the last thing they should be worrying about at this juncture. View website here.
Summer collegiate baseball will return to Charlottesville (VA) for the first time since 1974, when a new Valley Baseball League franchise will begin play there in June of 2015. The team will play at the baseball facility at Charlottesville High School. Read more here. Thanks to Mark Tobin for the news.
PRESS RELEASE – Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Dayton Dragons franchise – the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds – from Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC. Continue reading
Orange County (FL) commissioners were set to vote Tuesday on a key funding mechanism needed to build a new stadium at Rollins College for the Tars and the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League), but that vote was put off because of concerns by Rollins’ board of trustees. Read more here.
The Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) are in talks to buy the summer collegiate Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League). The purchase has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball. There are still a few other hoops to jump through here, but it looks like a done deal. Read more and view news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – MountainStar Sports Group announced today that it has had preliminary and positive discussions with Major League Soccer (MLS) regarding the possibility of adding El Paso as an expansion market for the League. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Pirates, Stompers, AquaDucks, Stars, ???… what will be the name of the next professional baseball team in Niagara Region? Continue reading
Aaron Parrish is attempting to raise money via online crowdfunding to bring a summer collegiate Prospect League team he’s called the “Conductors” to Loeb Stadium in Lafayette (IN). The money would be used for start-up costs and covering the circuit’s $175,000 franchise fee. Parrish is currently working alone but is open to creating an ownership group. Read more here.
The summer collegiate Worcester Bravehearts, the latest entry in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, will play their first game at Torrington (CT) Wednesday against the Torrington Titans and take on the Pittsfield Suns Thursday in their home opener at Hanover Insurance Park. Read more here.
Ken Oberkfell, former field manager of the now-defunct indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League), paints a depressing picture of bumbling mismanagement of the club by owners Douglas Spiel and his wife, Danielle Dronet. Oberkfell is now field manager for the indy pro Lincoln SaltDogs (American Association). Spiel and Dronet are reportedly no longer a couple. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Municipal Stadium in Bismarck (ND) is undergoing a major renovation, and it looks like the project will be wrapping up soon. Read more and watch news report here. Now it’s time to start pondering future uses for the new 1,100 seat facility, including bringing a summer collegiate ball club to the former Prairie League city. Read background here.
In a last minute lineup change, the Brownsville Charros will replace the Mexico Paisanos as the indy pro United League‘s travel team for 2014. The league is talking with Brownsville (TX) officials about a permanent home in 2015. Ozzie Canseco, who managed the nixed Edinburg Roadrunners last year, will manage the Charros. The season begins on Tuesday, May 20, for the four-team circuit. Read more here.
Saul B. Katz, who owns a majority share of the Mets in a partnership with his brother-in-law and business partner, Fred Wilpon, has reportedly expressed a desire to sell his portion of the team. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
The Shovel City (Marion, OH) Crawlers are preparing for their inaugural 2014 season as a member of the start-up indy pro Independent Baseball League. They will play their games at Lincoln Park. The other teams set to begin play this season in the new circuit are the Tiffin (OH) Saints, Adrian (MI) Pioneers, and Ohio Travelers (a traveling team, we presume). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – FOX Sports Originals gives viewers a front row seat to the wild, tough, and rewarding life in the lowest level of professional baseball with “The Pecos League.” The series will air for six consecutive Tuesdays starting May 13 at 9:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – SJS Beacon, a privately held company, is pleased to announce its purchase of the Fort Myers Miracle from the Goldklang Group. The Fort Myers Miracle are the long time Advanced-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and a member of the Florida State League. The Miracle play their home games at Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Twins. Continue reading
Craig Wallin, owner of the proposed indy pro Elkhart County Miracle (Northern League) baseball team confirmed earlier this month that plans to build a new stadium and launch the franchise this season have been postponed. Nick Desrosiers, chairman of the revived circuit, said an unpredictable economy has made it difficult to get the league going this year. Desrosiers said he expected to Continue reading
The now-defunct indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League) held a liquidation sale today at Riverfront Stadium in Newark (NJ). As one attendee reported to us, owner Doug Spiel apparently stopped the auction after a mere 3 1/2 hours and said the remaining available items (only 10 percent sold, we hear) would be sold in lots for more money. Attendees apparently weren’t too happy about the Continue reading
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling party are apparently open-minded about how to revive Japan’s economy. Sportswriter Seijun Ninomiya told Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers Friday that adding four more teams to Japan’s current 12 could reinvigorate regional economies and keep more Japanese players from signing with U.S. teams. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League announced a unique partnership today with Collegiate Baseball League Europe. The main piece of this partnership will see six of the top European players that play in the CBLE during the 2014 season given the chance to play in the Northwoods League during the 2015 season. Continue reading
The indy pro Vallejo Admirals (Pacific Association) announced last week that Robert J. Young and NorCalSports LLC have purchased the team from the Tito Fuentes Baseball Academy. Last season, Young owned both the Hawaii Stars and Na Koa Ikaika Maui, the 2013 champions of the Pacific Association. Those teams are dark for the 2014 season. Read more here.
The indy pro United League will operate with just four teams in 2014. The Fort Worth Cats have released their schedule, and only the San Angelo Colts, Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings and new-entry Mexico Paisanos will be coming to LaGrave Field this season. The WhiteWings and Paisanos will apparently share Harlingen Field in Harlingen (TX). View the Cats’ schedule here.
John Wilcox, part owner of the Single-A West Virginia Power (South Atlantic League), plans to launch the summer collegiate Mooresville Spinners (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League) in Mooresville (NC), about 30 miles north of Charlotte. The team will play at Moor Park baseball field after Wilcox spends $75,000 in improving the facility. Read more here.
Rumors were already out there that the indy pro Newark Bears would not be returning for the 2014 season. Beyond the team’s absence from the Can-Am League website header and 2014 schedule, a liquidation sale and auction announcement was posted on the Bears Facebook page this afternoon. Continue reading
We don’t know what planet he is living on, but Casey Keirnan from the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield (CA) seems to scoff at the idea that the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) would leave town. Below are two of his statements: Continue reading
The Pittsburg (CA) City Council will consider a resolution on Monday, April 7, to approve a lease agreement with Backwards K Group LLC and allocate funds for improvements to a field at City Park to serve as the home for the proposed indy pro “Pittsburg Mettle” (Pacific Association). Read more and view ballpark photos here. View resolution here. View Pittsburg Mettle job announcement here.
The Holland Millers have joined the start-up Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The team will play at Boeve Baseball Stadium at Hope College. The Millers join the Muskegon Clippers, Grand Rapids, and three teams from the Detroit area. The league will be affiliated with the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League and could eventually become a northern division of the circuit. Read more here.
Get him talking about his early goals as the new president of the indy pro Atlantic League, and you’ll get a good feel for Rick White‘s deep business background. Read more here.
A group led by former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg has reportedly emerged as the front-runner to purchase the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League) from Mandalay Sports Entertainment. Read more here.
A proposed new $7 to $11 million baseball stadium in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin (WI) for an indy pro Frontier League franchise will be vetted during a public hearing on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Franklin City Hall. Read more here. UPDATE: The hearing was held in front of a packed house. A city task force has been formed to assess the possibility of a private-public partnership. Read more and watch news clip here.