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Kokomo Lands New Prospect League Franchise, Team Naming Contest Under Way

Prospect League LogoKokomo (IN) Mayor Greg Goodnight joined Prospect League officials and new Kokomo team owner Michael Zimmerman to announce that Kokomo will join the Prospect League with new team for the 2015 season.  Read more here.  Check out the comical and interactive “Team Naming Contest” here.

Kokomo Baseball Stadium Rendering 2

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More Talk of Baseball Returning to Atlantic City

Atlantic City SurfWe remain hopeful The Sandcastle may again be the home to a professional baseball team.  Last Thursday, Mario Perrucci, former general manager of the Atlantic City Surf, was part of a group that included Atlantic League owners Frank Boulton and Tom Senter that met with Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian to discuss the idea of putting another team in the abandoned ballpark.  Read more here.

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Jammers to Morgantown (UPDATED)

Jamestown Jammers LogoWest Virginia University LogoAs expected, the Single-A Jamestown Jammers (New York-Penn League) will reportedly be relocating to Morgantown (WV) and play at Monongalia County’s new baseball stadium being built for the West Virginia University Mountaineers.  Read more here.  Look for an indy pro or summer collegiate club to quickly fill the void at Russell Diethrick Park.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.  UPDATED:  View official release here.

West Virginia University Ballpark Rendering 7.24.14

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WCL President Talks League Issues, Looks to Improve Circuit

West Coast League LogoDennis Koho, president of the summer collegiate West Coast League, has had a full season to visit all 12 host communities and recently talked about improvements to make the circuit better, including addressing the inequality in the control of facilities and travel.  Regarding expansion, Koho said the league is still open to it but is not actively seeking new franchises.  Read more here.

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Quincy Gems Being Sold to Party Yet to be Named

Quincy Gems LogoThe Quincy Civic Center Authority has agreed to execute a purchase agreement with an undisclosed party to buy the summer collegiate Quincy Gems (Prospect League).  The authority approved the deal after emerging from a short closed session during its monthly meeting last Wednesday afternoon.  Read more here.

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Newark Looks for New Tenant, Bears Former Owner Looks to New Fall League Venture

Newark Bears LogoWith the indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League) now just a memory, the city of Newark and Essex County, both on the hook for more than $2 million in annual debt obligations on Riverfront Stadium until 2029, continue to scramble to find a new tenant.  Meanwhile, former Bears owner Doug Spiel says he plans to join three friends in launching a four-team fall league for rookie-level players in Arizona next September.  Read more here.

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New East Coast Baseball League Announces First Two Franchises

East Coast Baseball LeaguePRESS RELEASE – The East Coast Baseball League (ECBL), a new professional independent league, is pleased to announce their first two franchises in Newburgh, New York and Welland, Ontario. Continue reading

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