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NYCFC, Yankees Outline Plans for Soccer-Friendly Yankee Stadium

New York City F.C. LogoNew York Yankees LogoThe expansion New York City FC announced Monday that they will open their Major League Soccer (MLS) existence next year at Yankee Stadium.  Officials from both the soccer club and New York Yankees outlined the plans to turn the venue into one that is suited for both baseball and soccer games on a consistent basis.  Read more and watch news conference here.

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Hops, Diamondbacks Extend PDC

Hillsborough Hops LogoArizona Diamondbacks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops), announced today that they have extended their affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) through the 2016 season. The Hops have been a Diamondbacks affiliate since 2001. Continue reading

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A’s Refocus on Oakland, Seek 10-Year Lease Extension

Oakland A's LogoAfter years of futile attempts to relocate to the South Bay, the Oakland A’s appear resigned to staying put at the Coliseum and are in negotiations for a 10-year lease extension.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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New York City F.C. to Play at Yankee Stadium for Three Years

New York Yankees LogoNew York City F.C. LogoNew York City F.C., a team that will enter Major League Soccer next year, will play its first three seasons at Yankee Stadium, according to a report in the New York Times.  Read more here.

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Columbia (SC), Hardball Capital Amend Ballpark Agreement

Sand Gnats LogoThe City of Columbia (SC) and Hardball Capital have amended the agreement that would allow the company to manage the city’s planned baseball stadium at the Bull Street development site.  Read more and view agreement details here.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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D.C. Grays to Play at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

DC_Grays_Logo_01PRESS RELEASE – Beginning in June 2014 the DC Grays will be playing their home games at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at Fort DuPont. Continue reading

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Three More Tenants for Ballpark Village

St. Louis Cardinals LogoThe St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies have announced that Jamba Juice, The Fudgery and Majestic Athletic will be setting up shop in the new Ballpark Village set to open on March 27.  Read more hereView schedule of opening festivities hereTake a photo tour here.

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Utica Brewers Extend Lease

Utica Brewers LogoPRESS RELEASE – Utica Brewers Owner and President Butch Russo announced yesterday that the Brewers have signed a three year lease extension with the Oneida County Sports Authority to keep the team at Murname Field at Donovan Stadium for three years.  The agreement ensures there will be PGCBL baseball at the venerable ballpark thru 2017. Continue reading

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Paw Sox Staying Put, Extend Lease

Pawtucket Red Sox LogoA lease extension approved by the Pawtucket City Council keeps the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) at McCoy Stadium until at least 2021 and ends any chatter about moving the baseball team to the I-195 land in neighboring Providence.  Read more hereRead more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.

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Huntsville Councilman: Stars Violating Maintenance Provisions of Ballpark Lease

Huntsville Stars LogoHuntsville City Councilman Bill Kling is raising concerns over maintenance at Joe Davis Stadium just weeks before the Biloxi-bound Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) begin their final season in the Rocket City.  He says the Stars have not lived up to their lease agreement at the ballpark, which specifies that the team maintain the scoreboard and public address system.  Read more here.

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Deal to Build St. Paul Ballpark Finalized

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe City of St. Paul (MN) and Ryan Cos. have finally signed off on a $43.8 million contract to construct the Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), with Ryan responsible for any cost overruns involving labor or materials.  Read more here.

St. Paul Saints Latest Ballpark Renderings 1.30.14

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Second-Year Admirals Tussle with Local Babe Ruth Over Use of Wilson Park

Vallejo Admirals A LogoThe second-year indy pro Vallejo Admirals (Pacific Association) announced recently that they plan to return this season, but the club has still not renewed their lease to use Wilson Park.  Local Babe Ruth is not too hip on sharing the facility again, but the parties are reportedly talking.  Read more here.

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MLB Raising Concerns About Season-Long Soccer at Yankee Stadium

New York Yankees LogoIt’s been assumed that Major League Soccer’s New York City FC would begin their inaugural season playing within the confines of Yankee Stadium.  However, MLB reportedly fears that the playing surface would be damaged from constant usage, leading to player injuries and disruption in play as was experienced in the 70s when the Cosmos called Yankee Stadium home.  Read more here.

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Stompers to Hold Public Meeting Saturday

Somoma Stompers LogoThe After making a pitch to the Sonoma (CA) City Council Wednesday night to bring indy pro baseball to Arnold Park starting in 2014, the owners of the proposed Sonoma Stompers (Pacific Association) will hold another community outreach meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Sonoma Community Center.  Read more here.

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Grizzlies Have New Radio Home

Fresno Grizzlies LogoFirst the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) dump Artie Decker as the “Voice of the Fresno Grizzlies,” and now they strike a new radio deal.  The team as announced a three-year media agreement with One Putt Broadcasting, making KYNO 1430 AM the new flagship radio station of the club.  Read more here.

Fresno Grizzlies New Radio Deal

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Professional Soccer to Play Season at LaGrave Field

Forth Worth Cats LogoMinor league soccer is coming to LaGrave Field, home of the indy pro Fort Worth Cats (United League).  The newly named Fort Worth Vaqueros FC from the National Premier Soccer League will begin play at LaGrave beginning May 9.  Read more hereView schedule here.

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Angels Owner Frustrated by Lease Negotiations

Los Angeles Angels LogoLos Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is frustrated with the lack of progress between the club and the city of Anaheim over negotiations on a new lease for Angel Stadium.  Read more here.

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Barons, White Sox Renew PDC

Birmingham Barons LogoChicago White Sox LogoPRESS RELEASE – Riding a groundswell of support since the opening of Regions Field and the team’s Southern League Championship in 2013, the Barons and Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a four-year extension of their Player Development Contract, which will run through the 2018 season. The new agreement ensures Continue reading

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Casper American Legion Threatens Lawsuit Over Use of Mike Lansing Field

Casper Cutthroats LogoAn attorney for the Casper Legion Baseball Club alleged misconduct by Casper (WY) city officials Monday and threatened to sue the city if a lease agreement for Mike Lansing Field, home of the summer collegiate Casper Cutthroats (Mountain Collegiate Baseball League), is cut short for the organization.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Opening Delayed, Chihuahuas Will Return to Tucson for First Few Home Games

El Paso Chihuahuas HeadThe home opener for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League) has been delayed until April 28 to allow their new ballpark in downtown El Paso (TX) to be completed.  Read more here.  The Chi-Waz (our new nickname for the team) will play their first home games at Kino Stadium in Tucson (AZ) on April 11-14.  Read more here.

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Edinburg Rejects Signing New Lease with United League’s Roadrunners

Edinburg Roadrunners LogoThe Edinburg (TX) City Council on Tuesday rejected a new lease agreement with the indy pro Edinburg Roadrunners (United League Baseball), amid discussions with the University of Texas System about the future of Edinburg Baseball Stadium.  The ULB’s McAllen Thunder also played at the ballpark.  Read more here.

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One More Season at Capital City Stadium for Blowfish? (UPDATED)

Columbia Blowfish BlueyThe Columbia (SC) City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to give a second reading approval to an agreement that would bring the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) back to Capital City Stadium for the 2014 season.  The city is currently considering a plan to build a new ballpark for an affiliated club.  Read more here.  UPDATE: City approves one more year for Blowfish.  Read more here.

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Connecticut Tigers, Detroit Tigers Extend PDC

Connecticut Tigers LogoDetroit Tigers LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Connecticut Tigers and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC), guaranteeing the agreement through the 2018 season. Continue reading

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County Approves Its Portion of Memphis Ballpark Deal

Memphis Redbirds LogoShelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.  Read more here.

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Ottawa, Can-Am League Finalize Ballpark Lease

Can-Am League LogoSpeaking Wednesday as part of his “State of the City” address, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the municipality has signed a lease agreement with the indy pro Can-Am baseball league that will see a team play out of the Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road starting in 2015.  In his own words, the mayor said the following:

“I’m also pleased to announce this morning that we’ve signed a lease agreement with the CanAm League that will see baseball return to Ottawa next year.  We look forward to helping raise awareness and excitement in the months ahead, to ensure the team’s long-term success in our city.”

Read more hereView lease terms here.

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Senators, Nationals Extend PDC

Harrisburg  Senators Secondary LogoWashington Nationals WPRESS RELEASE – The Harrisburg Senators, Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce a four-year extension to their player development agreement with the Washington Nationals. With this agreement, the Senators will remain a Nationals’ affiliate through the 2018 season. Mike Rizzo, President of Continue reading

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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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Improvements Coming to Harbor Park

Norfolk Tides LogoThe Triple-A Norfolk Tides’ (International League) recently approved lease with Harbor Park stabilizes the club’s long relationship with the city and calls for improvements to the 21-year-old structure.  Read more here.

Norfolk Tides-Populous Ballpark Improvement Rendering

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WhiteWings Back at Harlingen Field in 2014

Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings LogoThe indy pro Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (United League) will return to historic Harlingen Field next year as the city of Harlingen (TX) has agreed in principle to the second year of a two-year option, which went into effect last year.  Read more here.

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Unified Government Vote Opens Door to Purchase of T-Bones Ballpark

Kansas City T-Bones LogoA procedural vote Thursday night cleared the way for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City (KS) to buy privately owned CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones (American Association).  Read more 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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Tides Lease Extended

Norfolk Tides Logo The Norfolk (VA) City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 15-year lease with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides (International League) for the continued use of Harbor Park.  Read more here.

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Joplin Votes to Move Forward with Negotiations with Diablos

El Paso Diablos LogoThe Joplin (MO) City Council voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to move forward to develop a performance agreement with WLD Suarez LLC, the owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association), to redevelop Joe Becker Stadium and bring the franchise to town.  Read more and watch news report here.

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San Jose Giants Extend Ballpark Lease Through 2018

San Jose Giants LogoPRESS RELEASE – The San Jose City Council approved today a five year lease extension to keep the San Jose Giants playing at Municipal Stadium through the 2018 season. Terms of the agreement include the ability for the San Jose Giants to sell stadium naming rights and continue to pursue on-site development options to fund capital improvements at the ballpark. Continue reading

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Mustangs Profitable for the First Time

Martinsville Mustangs New Logo 2013The summer collegiate Martinsville Mustangs (Coastal Plain League) had their first profitable season this year, which prompted Martinsville (VA) City Council last Tuesday to award a five-year contract to Team Cole & Associates of Gastonia (NC), the private firm hired to manage the city-owned baseball team this past season.  Read more 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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Mexican League Negotiating to Use Nueces County Ballpark

Rojos del Águila de VeracruzThe 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 hereView Nueces County Commissioners Court agenda here.

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Memphis Council Changes Terms, Delays Vote on AutoZone Park Deal

Memphis Redbirds LogoThe Memphis (TN) City Council on Monday changed the terms of the proposed deal in which the city would buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals would buy the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League).  The council then delayed a vote on the amended terms until its meeting on Dec. 17.  Read more hereWatch news report here.

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A Moody Outlook for City’s Debt in AutoZone Park Deal

Memphis Redbirds LogoOn the eve of a critical vote by the Memphis City Council, a report from Moody’s Investors Service gives a “negative” outlook to its Aa3 rating of $23.6 million in revenue bonds the city plans to use to finance the purchase of AutoZone Park and improvements to it.  Read more here.

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Downtown Memphis Commission Approves Bond Funding for AutoZone Park, Contingent Upon City Council Vote

Memphis Redbirds LogoThe Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Wednesday unanimously voted to issue up to $27 million in sports facility revenue bonds for the city’s acquisition of AutoZone Park, home of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Pacific Coast League), which is a prerequisite to – and conditioned on – the Memphis City Council approving a $20 million deal next Monday to buy out of the facility.  Read more here.

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