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.
Category Archives: League & Franchise
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.
PRESS RELEASE – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced that the Cooperstown Hawkeyes will not field a team in 2014. Continue reading
Chris English, chairman of the Brockton 21st Century Corp. and former owner of the defunct indy pro Nashua Pride (Atlantic League) from 1998-2004, is the new owner of the summer collegiate Brockton Rox (Futures Collegiate Baseball League). English has already begun investing money in the field at Campanelli Stadium. Read more here.
Pecos League commissioner Andrew Dunn is not satisfied with just eight teams in his indy pro (well, sort of) circuit. He would like to see two expansion teams in Arizona — the Bisbee Blue and Safford Cottonmouths — to take the field as early as 2014. He plans to make his pitch to use historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee on Nov. 13. Read more here.
After three years of unexpected costs and uncertainty, the Olean (NY) Local Development Corporation will sever its ties with the Olean Oilers of the summer collegiate New York Collegiate Baseball League. The franchise now needs a new owner to step up to the plate. OLDC will redirect its focus from operating the baseball team to renovating Bradner Stadium for baseball and other uses. Read more here.
The Champion City Kings are the summer collegiate Prospect League’s newest franchise. The team will play their home games at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield (OH). Read more here. UPDATE: The Kings are not an expansion team. The Slippery Rock Sliders are relocating to Springfield. Read more here
In an investigative report, NBC 5 News Chicago found that taxpayers in Zion (IL) lost at least $7.8 million for the ballpark that was never built for the defunct indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League). Read more and watch news report here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – he MINK League voted at its winter meeting on October 6th in St Joe, Missouri to expand the league by 1 team. Please welcome the Branson Nationals baseball team to the MINK League. Branson will begin play in 2014 as a member of the South Division as the 5th team joining Joplin, Ozark, Nevada and Sedalia. The North Division will remain with the same with Omaha, Clarinda, Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – When the New York Collegiate Baseball League opens the 2014 season, it will welcome two new organizations. The Cortland Crush and Genesee Rapids will join the lineup as the NYCBL increases to 13 teams. Continue reading
GoLocalWorcester.com contributor Steven Jones-D’Agostino takes a closer look at the owners of new Futures Collegiate Baseball League franchise coming to Fitton Field in 2014 and the prospects for team’s success. The article includes reference to an upcoming radio interview with the club’s new owners and a slideshow covering the history of baseball in Central Massachusetts. Read more and view photo here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Bakersfield Blaze are pleased to announce that D.G. Elmore of the Elmore Sports Group has reclaimed ownership of the club, the second ownership transition in the past two years. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Board of Directors of the West Coast League has voted to re-align the league’s divisions for the 2014 season. The vote moved to create a three-division alignment based on natural geographical boundaries. Continue reading
The owners of the summer collegiate Laconia Muskrats (New England Collegiate Baseball League) are looking to launch a second franchise in Lebanon (NH), if an outfield-fence problem at the targeted field can be worked out with Lebanon High School. Alternative options are also being explored in nearby Hartford and Norwich (VT). The owners face a Nov. 1 league deadline to finalize field plans. Read more here.
Nashua Telegraph columnist Tom King takes a look at the summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League and its move into Worcester (MA). King believes Nashua made the right choice doing a deal with the FCBL when it launched in 2011. Read more here.
In an article in the Ottawa Citizen today unveiling more details about the city’s decision to pursue an economical indy pro Can-Am League franchise for Ottawa Stadium instead of a pricey Double-A Eastern League club, Commissoner Miles Wolff said the Can-Am League has “a new ballpark in the works in Pennsylvania.” Read more here. Maybe we’re still talking Phoenixville? Thanks to John Cerone for the Ottawa link.
Members of the Ottawa City Council’s finance and economic development committee voted Tuesday to direct staff to enter into negotiations with the indy pro Can-Am League to lease Ottawa Stadium for a new Can-Am League franchise starting in 2015. Read more here.
A press conference has been called for Monday morning to announce that the summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League has worked out a deal to bring a franchise to Hanover Insurance Park on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross in 2014. Read more here. (UPDATED) View press release and photo here.
A funding shortfall and litigation have forced the developers of the All-Star Ballpark Heaven project at the Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville (IA) to delay its opening beyond 2014, which brings into question the planned launch of a franchise there from the revived indy pro Northern League. Read more here.
One of the numerous reasons that the affiliated minor leagues have long shunned independent professional baseball over the last 20 years is the instability of so many of the leagues. An endless stream of haphazard startups and failure-to-launch leagues has and continues to tarnish the “independent” label. Continue reading
Representatives from Pacific Baseball Ventures and the Central Washington State Fair Park Association officially signed a lease securing Yakima’s entry into the summer collegiate West Coast League for the 2014 season. Read more here.
Frank Boulton, CEO of the indy pro Atlantic League, expects to add at least two teams to the circuit in 2015, including one in Texas and another in Virginia (assuming the Loudoun Hounds ballpark doesn’t open in 2014, or the Virginia Beach project comes together). Read more here.
We’re not sure how legitimate this is, and it’s a red flag when information about the founder(s) is scarce, but a new Canton (OH)-based independent professional league is apparently developing. The Independent Baseball League claims it will begin play in 2014. View website here. View Facebook page here. The Tiffin Saints are one of the teams to be announced. View website here. View Facebook page here.
Joe McEacharn, president of the Double-A Eastern League, reportedly said a decision for baseball in Ottawa will need to come by this fall for a new team to take the field in 2015. Read more here.
Bruce Quinn, majority owner of the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League), said Friday that he plans to move the team to Fredericksburg (VA), but he’s also exploring ways to bring a short-season affiliated club to Hagerstown (MD) to replace the SAL franchise, if a new stadium project moves forward there. The Suns name would stay in the Hub City. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Arizona Fall League Partners with Minor League Baseball on Educational and Outreach Efforts in its Markets
PRESS RELEASE – The Arizona Fall League (AFL) is initiating an inaugural outreach program with participating Minor League Baseball (MiLB) clubs to promote the AFL in MiLB markets. Intended to educate minor league executives, fans and sponsors about the Arizona Fall League, the pilot program is intended to also generate interest in AFL play throughout MiLB communities while also Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Pacific Baseball Ventures (PBV), who was awarded a West Coast League franchise in the Yakima market, beginning play in 2014, has launched a website, www.yakimabaseball.com, to invite the community to participate in the naming and branding of the club. The site will have information about the upcoming season, about the ownership group, and Continue reading