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A’s, San Jose Extend Negotiations

Oakland A's LogoThe Oakland A’s and San Jose are still holding out hope of moving the team to a new ballpark in Silicon Valley.  The baseball club and its longtime South Bay suitor have agreed on a deal that will extend negotiations for up to another seven years, as the city tries to win approval from the courts or the MLB for the A’s move south.  Read more here.

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Muckdogs Still For Sale

Batavia Muckdogs LogoRochester Red Wings New Primary LogoThere is really nothing new here, but the Single-A Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn League) will still be operated by the owner of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (International League) during the 2015 season, and the team is still for sale.  As you recall, even though the operator is eating annual financial losses, they will profit handsomely when the Muckdogs are eventually sold based on a deal struck in 2008.  Read more here.

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Columbia Team Approved by MiLB

Sand Gnats LogoHardball Capital, the group bringing a professional team to Columbia’s (SC) Bull Street development for the 2016 season, has received the required approval from Minor League Baseball.  The Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) remain a prime candidate for relocation.  Read more here.

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Palm Beach County Approves Spring-Training Deal, But Site Still Needed

Washington Nationals W Houston Astros New LogoPalm Beach County (FL) Commissioners voted 5-2 on Tuesday to approve the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals proposal for a $135 million training facility, if the teams can find a site in the next 90 days and close on the site 90 days thereafter.  Local hotel tax revenue would be used to help pay for the new complex.  Read more here.

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Wickline Takes Prospect League Reins, Looks to Expand

Prospect League LogoBryan Wickline was officially tabbed as commissioner of the summer collegiate Prospect League on Oct. 17, replacing former commissioner Dave Chase, whose contract was not renewed after the 2014 season.  Expansion (to fill in the gaps) is one of his top priorities for the far-flung circuit that includes teams from Hannibal (MO) to Butler (PA)Read more here.

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Can-Am Considers Potential Sixth Franchise

Can-Am League LogoCan-Am League (and American Association) Commissioner Miles Wolff recently talked with TSN 1200 radio about the start-up Ottawa Champions and the three-person ownership group that includes Wolff, David Gourley and Al Ramos.  Through the interview and in a LaPress.ca article, we learn that a suitor with “deep pockets’ and a secured ballpark is seeking an Continue reading

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Futures League Adds Bristol

Futures Collegiate Baseball League LogoThe Bristol (CT) city park commissioners Wednesday unanimously backed a deal with the summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League to use historic Muzzy Field for the next three years.  One of the owners of the yet-to-be named team is seven-time Grammy winner Elliott Scheiner.  Baseball veteran Rick Muntean will serve as general manager.  Read more here.

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