Category Archives: Market & Location

Greasing the Wheels for Rays Ballpark Talks

Tampa Bay Rays LogoWhile nothing has changed in the long-running stalemate between the Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan plans to ask the commission Wednesday to designate the Tampa Sports Authority to lead discussions with the Rays about a new stadium — if the Rays get permission to look at sites outside Pinellas County.  Read more here.

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Start-Up Mount Rainier League Has a Vancouver (WA) Franchise

Mount Rainier Professional Baseball LeagueThe start-up, professional-pretender Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League claims to have a Vancouver (WA) franchise, pending approval of a stadium lease.  (Sound a little like the Pecos League?)  Except for an upgraded and likely unavailable Propstra Stadium, we are not aware of any facility in Vancouver that could host summer collegiate ball, let alone a “real” professional team.  Read more here.

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Angels End Lease Talks with Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels LogoFrustrated by a lack of progress more than a year after both sides ratified an agreement, the Los Angeles Angels ended talks with the city of Anaheim (CA) regarding a new lease for their 48-year-old ballpark.  Read more hereMore thoughts from Deadspin here.

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Smooth Blazing for First Pitch to Salinas

Bakersfield Blaze LogoGeorge Watkins from The Salinas Californian provides a nice picture of how things went for  D.G. Elmore, owner of Elmore Sports Group, when he made is pitch to the Salinas (CA) City Council to bring the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) to town for the start of the 2016 season.  It appears all was lovey-dovey for Round 1.  Read more hereView Facebook page hereView Twitter page here.

Bakersfield Field Blaze Salinas Ballpark Rendering

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Last Chance for Baseball in Boise?

Boise Hawks LogoMarc Johnson, a partner with Gallatin Public Affairs and long-time Idaho politico, contemplates the future of baseball in Boise (ID), now that the Single-A Boise Hawks (Northwest League) have a new owner and a new affiliation.  He has no love for the previous ownership and understands the Hawks need a new ballpark to survive.  He views this re-boot as the last chance for professional Continue reading

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Blaze Make Pitch in Salinas

Bakersfield Blaze LogoD.G. Elmore, owner of Elmore Sports Group, met with the Salinas (CA) City Council Tuesday to pitch his idea of bringing the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) to town for the start of the 2016 season.  Elmore said he hopes to be a part of the economic development in Salinas surrounding the long-awaited Alisal Marketplace housing and shopping project.  Read more here.

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Atlantic League President Talks Expansion

Atlantic League LogoRick White, president of the indy pro Atlantic League, recently talked with LancasterOnline.com about league matters, including expansion.  The circuit will operate with the same eight teams in 2015, with Virginia Beach (VA) beach on deck for 2016 and big push in Texas.  Fort Worth (TX) appears to be the primary target.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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