Originally set to join the Ohio-based Independent Baseball League, the start-up Hamptons Professional Baseball Club out of New York plans to launch the Federation of American Professional Baseball starting in 2015. Continue reading
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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.
The 10 team owners from the Double-A Southern League reportedly voted Wednesday to allow the sale and relocation of the Huntsville Stars to the developing new ballpark in downtown Biloxi (MS). Read more and view news report here.
Board 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 here. Read press release here.
A $500 million, 38,000-seat waterfront ballpark at the Port of Oakland is being proposed by a team led by Clorox chairman and CEO Don Knauss and former Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream boss T. Gary Rogers – with the blessing of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Read more here.
A 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.
It has been announced that the new Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League will begin operations in 2014. Four teams have committed to play so far. The Muskegon Clippers will play at Marsh Field. The other three teams are from the Detroit area, Holland and Grand Rapids. The league will be affiliated with the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League and could eventually become Continue reading
A feasibility study launched last March by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in cooperation with the Montreal Baseball Project, a grassroots group founded by former Expo Warren Cromartie, was released on Thursday. Based on the analysis conducted by Ernst & Young, the return of MLB baseball would be financially viable under “a set of realistic assumptions.” Read more here.
The 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 here. View Nueces County Commissioners Court agenda here.
Jon Danos, partner, president and CEO for Opening Day Partners (ODP), the owner of the indy pro Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League), has moved to Houston to work on plans for the league to add more teams in Texas. ODP also owns the Sugar Land Skeeters — the circuit’s lone franchise in the Lone Star State. Read more here.
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.
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
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
The Owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) are proposing to make Joplin (MO) their home if the city will agree to an estimated $5.9 renovation of Joe Becker Stadium. The city council voted unanimously Monday to continue discussions. The Diablos were forced out of the El Paso (TX) market with the arrival of a Triple-A Pacific Coast League club. Read more here. Watch news report here.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Thursday told a gathering of hospitality officials that a downtown ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays is within reach, despite challenges that persist. Buckhorn’s statement followed the election defeat Tuesday of incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, who Buckhorn has said was an obstacle to the Rays looking beyond Pinellas County for a new home. Read more here.