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Japan Looking to More Professional Baseball to Stimulate Economy?

Nippon Professional Baseball LogoJapan 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.

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Northwoods League, Collegiate Baseball League Europe Announce Partnership

Northwoods League Logo wo Wordmark Collegiate Baseball League Europe LogoPRESS 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

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Admirals Get New Owner, Two Hawaii Teams Go Dark

Vallejo Admirals A LogoThe 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.

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Fort Worth Cats Release 2014 Schedule, United League Will Operate with Four Teams

United League LogoThe 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.

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Loudoun Hounds Seek Bonds to Help Finance Stadium

Loudoun Hounds LogoVIP Sports and Entertainment, the company hoping to bring professional baseball and soccer to Loudoun County (VA), wrote to the Economic Development Authority last week asking for a resolution for $55 million in taxable bonds to finance a stadium.  Read more hereView VIP press release here.

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Power Part Owner Launches Summer Collegiate Club

Carolina-Virginia_Collegiate_League LogoJohn 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.

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Newark Bears Done?

Newark Bears LogoRumors 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

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Local Reporter Dismisses Idea of Blaze Departure

Bakersfield Blaze LogoWe 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

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Pittsburg (CA) Team on Deck Monday Night

Pacific Association LogoThe 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 hereView resolution hereView Pittsburg Mettle job announcement here.

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Holland Millers Join Start-Up Michigan Summer Collegiate League

Holland Michigan SealThe 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.

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Questioning Campbell’s Field, Future of the Camden Riversharks

Camden Riversharks LogoFreelance scribe Tara Nurin takes a look at the reported financial challenges surrounding Campbell’s Field located in Camden (NJ) and ponders the future of the indy pro Camden Riversharks (Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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New Atlantic League Prez Talks Plans for 2014 and Beyond

Atlantic League LogoGet 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.

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Group Negotiating to Buy Roughriders

Frisco Roughriders Secondary MarkA 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.

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Hearing Tonight on Proposed Ballpark in Milwaukee Suburb (UPDATED)

Frontier League logoA 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.

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Wolff Optimistic About Baseball in Ottawa

Can-Am League LogoThere is no owner and just one employee, but indy pro Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff is optimistic that there will be a baseball team in Ottawa Stadium next year.  Read more here.

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BayBears President to Leave Team, Will Return to SC to Bolster Blowfish Ballpark Bid

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoColumbia Blowfish BlueyPRESS RELEASE – Mobile BayBears President Bill Shanahan, who has been with the team since its inception, announced that he is stepping down from his position with the team, to start a new chapter in his career. Bill and his wife Vicki will be returning to South Carolina where he owns a Summer Collegiate Franchise in the Coastal Plain League. Continue reading

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Start-Up FAPB Makes Pitch to Hagerstown

Federation of American Professional BaseballSince the deal to relocate the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) to Fredericksburg (VA), several proposals have been pitched for the Municipal Stadium and the future of baseball in Hagerstown (MD), including a new one from the start-up indy pro Federation of American Professional Baseball led by Dan MalleyRead more and watch news report here.

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Federation of American Professional Baseball to Launch in 2015

Federation of American Professional BaseballOriginally set to join the Ohio-based Independent Baseball League, the start-up Hamptons Professional Baseball Club out of New York plans to launch the Federation of American Professional Baseball starting in 2015. Continue reading

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Mid-Plains League to Begin Play in 2014

Mid-Plains League Logo (2)PRESS RELEASE – We are pleased to announce the formation of a brand new summer collegiate baseball league for the summer of 2014. The Mid-Plains League [originally introduced as the Great Plains League in November] will open play in early June with six member teams located in Northeast Kansas and Western Missouri. Continue reading

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The Future of the West Coast League

West Coast League LogoInterested in gaining more insight into the summer collegiate West Coast League?  WCL president Dennis Koho makes a few comments about league expansion and takes a bit of a Dick Radatz, Jr.-type shot at the summer collegiate Cape Cod League in a recent interview with Best Coast Baseball.  Read more here.

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Looks Like ‘Ohio River’ or ‘Ohio Valley’ for New Parkersburg Franchise

Frontier League logoAlthough the next phase of a feasibility study looking at bringing an indy pro Frontier League baseball team to Parkersburg (WV) focuses on three locations in the city, it appears “Parkersburg” likely won’t be part of the club’s name.  Read more here.

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San Jose Appeals Antitrust Case Against MLB

Oakland A's LogoSan Jose city officials last week officially shifted their antitrust case against Major League Baseball to a federal appeals court, taking the first step in trying to overturn a federal judge’s decision last year tossing out key legal arguments in the fight over the long-stalled plan to move the Oakland A’s to the South Bay.  Read more here.

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Pacific Association Adds ‘Sonoma Stompers’ to 2014 Lineup

Somoma Stompers LogoPRESS RELEASE – For the first time since the Sonoma County Crushers ceased operations following the 2002 season, professional baseball is returning to Sonoma County in 2014. Continue reading

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Gems Still for Sale

Quincy Gems LogoWhile negotiations with potential ownership groups have been ongoing since the financially troubled summer collegiate Quincy Gems (Prospect League) were put on the market by the Quincy Civic Center Authority in October, no group has stepped up to the plate to purchase the franchise.  The authority will continue prepare for the start of the 2014 season with the team still on the market.  Read more here.

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United League Targeting Tucson

United League LogoIt has been extremely quiet on the indy pro United League Baseball front, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been anything going on behind the scenes.  The league has submitted a proposal to lease Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson (AZ) starting this season.  The ballpark is the soon-t0-be-former home of the Triple-A Tucson Padres/El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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Joplin OKs Financing Plan for Ballpark Renovation

El Paso Diablos LogoA $4 million financing package that draws money from several sources, including $1.8 million in debt, was selected Monday night by the Joplin (MO) City Council to renovate Joe Becker Stadium to bring the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) to town.  Read more here.

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Southern League Approves Sale of Stars

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Double-A Southern League announced Friday that it has approved the sale of the Huntsville Stars, which are slated to move to a new downtown ballpark in Biloxi (MS) in 2015.  The franchise is being sold by a group led by Miles Prentice to a group led by Ken Young.  The sale must also be approved by both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball to be final.  Read more here.

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Freier: If You Build It in Columbia, We Will Come

Minor League Baseball LogoJason Freier, owner of minor league baseball teams in Fort Wayne (IN) and Savannah (GA), on Wednesday guaranteed he would bring a team to Columbia (SC) if the city builds a new ballpark as part of the redevelopment of the old State Hospital campus on Bull Street.  Read more here.

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Memphis City Council Approves Deal to Purchase AutoZone Park

Memphis Redbirds LogoThe Memphis (TN) City Council agreed Tuesday to purchase AutoZone Park for $24 million, allowing the completion of a deal that will see the St. Louis Cardinals take financial control of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.  Read more here.

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Tampa Yankees Move to Ocala Called Off

Tampa Yankees LogoAfter receiving a withdrawal request from the Single-A Tampa Yankees (Florida State League), Ocala (FL) shelved plans to relocate the minor-league baseball team to Marion County (FL) amid public concerns over using tax dollars to build a stadium.  Read more here.

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A Model Franchise: Trenton Thunder

Trenton Thunder LogoComing off 20 years as a successful franchise, the Double-A Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) are a model of consistency and one of the top operations in all of Minor League Baseball.  Read more here.

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Phase I of Holly Springs Ballpark Construction to Begin Soon

Coastal Plain LogoThe first phase of construction on the North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs (NC) is expected to begin shortly.  The project includes a new 1,800-seat stadium that is slated to host a franchise from the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League.  Read more here.

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Parkersburg Readies for Second Phase of Ballpark Study

Frontier League logoParkersburg (WV) Mayor Bob Newell said he expects the second phase of a baseball stadium feasibility study to begin within the next two to three weeks.  The first phase of a study to determine support of an indy pro Frontier League franchise in town was released Monday and showed widespread support for the plan.  Read more here.

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Nogales Desert Ghosts and New League Take On Yuma?

Western Association of Professional Baseball LogoThe Nogales Desert Ghosts never got off the ground as a member of the proposed indy pro American West Baseball League and is or was facing allegations of interstate fraud and forgery, but it appears the franchise has been resurrected as the Yuma Desert Ghosts from the new Western Association of Professional Baseball.  FlynnAgain Productions designed the logos for the new Ghosts.  View Facebook pageView Twitter page.

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Assessing the Future of the Newark Bears

Newark Bears LogoSports communications-guru Joe Favorito takes a look at the current and future status of the hibernating (?) indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League), after team owners pulled the plug on the franchise for the 2014 season.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Diablos Owners Confident They Can Make It Work in Joplin

El Paso Diablos LogoThe owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) who want to relocate the franchise to Joplin (MO) say they are confident they can generate enough support for the team to make the renovation of Joe Becker Stadium worthwhile.  Read more here.

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Bill Murrary Gives His 2013 State of the RiverDogs Address

Charleston RiverdogsBill Murray, co-owner and “Director of Fun” for the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League), took time during the organization’s recent holiday party to address the team’s success in his 2013 State of the RiverDogs video address.  Watch video here.

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Huntsville Stars Allowed to Move to Biloxi

Huntsville Stars LogoThe 10 team owners from the Double-A Southern League reportedly voted Wednesday to allow the sale and relocation of the Huntsville Stars to the developing new ballpark in downtown Biloxi (MS).  Read more and view news report here.

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Pecos League Officially Enters Arizona

Pecos League LogoBoard members of the Bisbee (AZ) Unified School District voted unanimously to lease Warren Ball Park to the indy pro Pecos League beginning in May next year through July.  As previously posted, the expansion franchise will be known as the Bisbee Blue.  A new team called the Douglas Diablos in nearby Douglas (AZ) will reportedly also take the  field in 2014.  Read more hereRead press release here.

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Joplin Will Vote on MOU with Diablos Monday

El Paso Diablos LogoA formal vote Monday by the Joplin (MO) City Council on a memorandum of understanding with WLD Suarez LLC, the owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association), to redevelop Joe Becker Stadium will determine whether the city will pursue further negotiations to bring the franchise to town.  Read more here.

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