Originally 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
Category Archives: League & Franchise
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
Interested 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.
Although 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.
San 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.
PRESS 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
While 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.
It 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.
A $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.
The 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.
Jason 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.
The 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.
After 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.
Coming 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.
The 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.
Parkersburg (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.
The 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 page. View Twitter page.
Sports 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.
The 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.
Bill 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.
The 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.
Board 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 here. Read press release here.
A 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.
It has been announced that the new Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League will begin operations in 2014. Four teams have committed to play so far. The Muskegon Clippers will play at Marsh Field. The other three teams are from the Detroit area, Holland and Grand Rapids. The league will be affiliated with the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League and could eventually become Continue reading
A feasibility study launched last March by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in cooperation with the Montreal Baseball Project, a grassroots group founded by former Expo Warren Cromartie, was released on Thursday. Based on the analysis conducted by Ernst & Young, the return of MLB baseball would be financially viable under “a set of realistic assumptions.” Read more here.
The repeatedly-abandoned Fairgrounds Field in Robstown (TX) could soon be home to a new minor league baseball team. Nueces County is in the early stages of negotiations with the Triple-A Rojos del Águila de Veracruz (Mexican Baseball League) to use the ballpark as a training facility and potentially host an indy pro team. Read more here. View Nueces County Commissioners Court agenda here.
Jon Danos, partner, president and CEO for Opening Day Partners (ODP), the owner of the indy pro Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League), has moved to Houston to work on plans for the league to add more teams in Texas. ODP also owns the Sugar Land Skeeters — the circuit’s lone franchise in the Lone Star State. Read more here.
Major League Baseball’s lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics’ request to move to San Jose was turned down in June by commissioner Bud Selig. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Wilmington Sharks are pleased to announce that Peter B. Freund, a minority owner of the New York Yankees and partner in the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, has purchased the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League. Continue reading
There are a few changes in the summer collegiate Ohio Valley League for the 2014 season. The Marion Bobcats will not field a team, and the Madisonville Tradewater Pirates will now be known as the Madisonville Miners under new ownership. The OVL was formed in 2010 by former teams from the now-defunct summer collegiate KIT League. Read more here.
Castle Field in the Minneapolis suburb of Anoka (MN) opened this past summer after Phase 1 construction. City officials are now looking at completing Phase 2 in 2014, which will include adding restrooms and concessions. The third phase of construction, planned for 2015, will include a plaza area adjacent to the ball field. Meanwhile, discussions continue with a potential ownership group that could Continue reading
On Wednesday, the indy pro Can-Am League announced the Newark Bears would not be returning next season, but co-owner Danielle Dronet said Friday the struggling franchise will take the field for the 2014 season. According to NJ.com, Dronet said the following:
“We have a couple of opportunities that we are evaluating and exploring,” said Dronet, who co-owns the baseball team with her partner, Douglas Spiel. Asked to confirm if the team would play she said, “I’m pretty positive that yes, in some capacity, yes.”
Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball commissioner Miles Wolff announced on Wednesday that the league will play as one of four divisions in the American Association for the 2014 season. Can-Am League players Continue reading
The summer collegiate Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod League) are set to premiere the documentary Summer of Success tonight at 7:30 p.m. (EST). While the video focuses on the Hawks, the team says it’s really a representation of the Cape League experience. Continue reading
Molson Coors is selling its nearly 15 percent stake in the Colorado Rockies to Arizona developer Jay Stein, ending the equity ownership the brewer has held in the club since the team’s inception in 1991. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced the alignments of its Liberty and Freedom Divisions for the 2014 season. The Somerset Patriots will join the Long Island Ducks, Camden Riversharks and Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division; the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will join the Sugar Land Skeeters, Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution Continue reading
Pecos League commissioner Andrew Dunn was in Bisbee (AZ) Wednesday to make a pitch to use historic Warren Ballpark for the proposed Bisbee Blue franchise. He is reportedly also eyeballing nearby Douglas (AZ) for a second team to bring the circuit to 10. Two weeks ago, it was reported that Safford (AZ) was a targeted market for the proposed Safford Cottonmouths. Read more here.
The summer collegiate Junction City Brigade have joined the newly formed Great Plains League – not to be confused with the Great Plains Baseball League turned Midwest Collegiate League. Continue reading
City of Memphis (TN) officials are close to presenting a plan that would involve the city taking ownership of AutoZone Park in a three-party deal that would also see the St. Louis Cardinals purchase the financially troubled Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League). Read more here – subscription required.