Japan 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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Lynn Lashbrook, sports agent and long-time promoter of bringing MLB to Portland (OR), is suggesting that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) could serve as a temporary home for the Oakland A’s, while a new MLB ballpark is built in the Rose City. Read more here. Rather than blabber on here about the many obstacles, we’ll let Portland-based MLB business analyst Continue reading
John 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.
The 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 here. View resolution here. View Pittsburg Mettle job announcement here.
The 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.
PRESS 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
Ground crews are preparing Olympic stadium in Montreal for Major League Baseball exhibition games on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets. So far, more than 37,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s game and more than 43,000 for Saturday’s afternoon game. Read more and watch news report here.
Get 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.
There 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.
The Port of Oakland is getting behind a plan to build a waterfront baseball stadium for the Oakland A’s on the site of a recently abandoned shipping terminal. Next week, the Board of Port Commissioners is expected to approve entering into exclusive negotiations with a group of prominent local businessmen who want to entice the A’s to build on the site. Read more here.
A 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 here. Read more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.
Because the proposed new ballpark for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) is slated for the planned community of Summerlin outside the city limits of Las Vegas, it is unlikely that public dollars from Sin City will be made available for the project. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman made the following three suggestions: Continue reading
Since 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 Malley. Read more and watch news report here.
The Palm Beach County Commission Tuesday gave its endorsement to trying to craft a deal with the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals that could include building a $100 million stadium and training facility that would host both teams for spring training. Read more and watch news report here.
The prospect of building a multi-use baseball stadium in Parkersburg (WV) for an indy pro Frontier League franchise received strong support in the initial phase of a feasibility study. More than 70 percent of respondents said they were in favor of the idea. More than 25 percent expressed interest in season tickets. The second phase of the study is now underway. Read more here.
This really isn’t news, as it’s just an opinion piece, but Richard Benck, vice president of investment and risk managment for Unimin Corp. in New Canaan (CT), has made a wishful pitch for a new Fenway-like ballpark for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) in downtown Providence (RI). The team plays at McCoy Stadium, built in 1942. Read more here. View 195 Redevelopment page here.
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
The city of Winter Park (FL) city leaders are considering four potential sites for a new ballpark for (possibly) the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League) that could cost more than $40 million. Read more and watch news report here.
Brazil is and always will be a soccer country, especially during a year in which it hosts the World Cup, but major U.S. sports leagues for baseball, football, and basketball are seeing unprecedented growth as Brazilians become wealthier, more worldly and even frustrated with the shortcomings of their own national pastime. Read more here.
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.
The 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.
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.
The group wanting to build a new $50 million, 5,000-seat ballpark near the Virginia Beach Sportsplex for an indy pro Atlantic League franchise will present their plan to the city council on Tuesday. The council is set to vote on the deal February 11. If approved, Virginia Beach Professional Baseball LLC hopes to start construction in June and have the fields and stadium completed by June 2015. 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
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.
Baseball developer Jason Freier told members of the Bull Street Commission during their meeting Monday that developer Bob Hughes would donate between 10 and 12 acres of land if a baseball stadium was approved in Columbia (SC). Also, Freier said he got the green light from Major League Baseball to explore moving one of his teams to the area. He owns, via Hardball Capital, the Single-A Fort Wayne Continue reading
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.
The Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) have expressed a willingness to leave Savannah (GA) for another market, if a new downtown ballpark is not built to supplant outdated Grayson Stadium. Hardball Capital, the team’s owners, have reportedly already been in contact with city officials in Columbia (SC) about relocation. 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.