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.
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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.
Pecos League commissioner Andrew Dunn is not satisfied with just eight teams in his indy pro (well, sort of) circuit. He would like to see two expansion teams in Arizona — the Bisbee Blue and Safford Cottonmouths — to take the field as early as 2014. He plans to make his pitch to use historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee on Nov. 13. Read more here.
The New York Yankees and Ocala (FL) officials today outlined a tentative agreement to move the Single-A Tampa Yankees (Florida State League) from Tampa to Ocala, pending approval of a new $38 million stadium. Read more and view photos here.
The Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) and Diamond Nation finalized an agreement Monday with the slavery museum organization and its largest creditor to buy the land along Interstate 95 in Celebrate Virginia South where the U.S. National Slavery Museum was to have been built in Fredericksburg (VA). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – When the New York Collegiate Baseball League opens the 2014 season, it will welcome two new organizations. The Cortland Crush and Genesee Rapids will join the lineup as the NYCBL increases to 13 teams. Continue reading
GoLocalWorcester.com contributor Steven Jones-D’Agostino takes a closer look at the owners of new Futures Collegiate Baseball League franchise coming to Fitton Field in 2014 and the prospects for team’s success. The article includes reference to an upcoming radio interview with the club’s new owners and a slideshow covering the history of baseball in Central Massachusetts. Read more and view photo here.
The owners of the summer collegiate Laconia Muskrats (New England Collegiate Baseball League) are looking to launch a second franchise in Lebanon (NH), if an outfield-fence problem at the targeted field can be worked out with Lebanon High School. Alternative options are also being explored in nearby Hartford and Norwich (VT). The owners face a Nov. 1 league deadline to finalize field plans. Read more here.
Nashua Telegraph columnist Tom King takes a look at the summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League and its move into Worcester (MA). King believes Nashua made the right choice doing a deal with the FCBL when it launched in 2011. Read more here.
In an article in the Ottawa Citizen today unveiling more details about the city’s decision to pursue an economical indy pro Can-Am League franchise for Ottawa Stadium instead of a pricey Double-A Eastern League club, Commissoner Miles Wolff said the Can-Am League has “a new ballpark in the works in Pennsylvania.” Read more here. Maybe we’re still talking Phoenixville? Thanks to John Cerone for the Ottawa link.
Members of the Ottawa City Council’s finance and economic development committee voted Tuesday to direct staff to enter into negotiations with the indy pro Can-Am League to lease Ottawa Stadium for a new Can-Am League franchise starting in 2015. Read more here.
A press conference has been called for Monday morning to announce that the summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League has worked out a deal to bring a franchise to Hanover Insurance Park on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross in 2014. Read more here. (UPDATED) View press release and photo here.
The Fredericksburg City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a draft performance agreement with the partners working to build a 4,750-seat minor-league baseball stadium in the city. The Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) needed the agreement for its relocation application to Major League Baseball. Read more here.
The Oakland A’s faced another sewage problem at O.Co Coliseum Tuesday night — this time at the bathroom end of the home dugout. Read more here. Meanwhile, A’s owner Lew Wolff made the case Wednesday that a new “downtown” stadium, whether in Oakland or San Jose, is the key to unlocking the team’s fan base. Read more here.
Frank Boulton, CEO of the indy pro Atlantic League, expects to add at least two teams to the circuit in 2015, including one in Texas and another in Virginia (assuming the Loudoun Hounds ballpark doesn’t open in 2014, or the Virginia Beach project comes together). Read more here.
We’re not sure how legitimate this is, and it’s a red flag when information about the founder(s) is scarce, but a new Canton (OH)-based independent professional league is apparently developing. The Independent Baseball League claims it will begin play in 2014. View website here. View Facebook page here. The Tiffin Saints are one of the teams to be announced. View website here. View Facebook page here.
Joe McEacharn, president of the Double-A Eastern League, reportedly said a decision for baseball in Ottawa will need to come by this fall for a new team to take the field in 2015. Read more here.
With the University of Alabama Board of Trustees on the verge of approving a preliminary budget for upgrading Sewell-Thomas Stadium, the Crimson Tide baseball team could be playing its 2015 home games at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League). Tuscaloosa is about 50 miles from Hoover. Read more here.
The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays will reportedly play a pair of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium just before the 2014 season begins. Read more here.
Bruce Quinn, majority owner of the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League), said Friday that he plans to move the team to Fredericksburg (VA), but he’s also exploring ways to bring a short-season affiliated club to Hagerstown (MD) to replace the SAL franchise, if a new stadium project moves forward there. The Suns name would stay in the Hub City. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Even as stadium talks between St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Rays stall, one Hillsborough County official is trying to ensure that a leading potential ballpark site remains available if the Rays ever decide to move across the bay. Read more and view aerial photo here.
PRESS RELEASE – Pacific Baseball Ventures (PBV), who was awarded a West Coast League franchise in the Yakima market, beginning play in 2014, has launched a website, www.yakimabaseball.com, to invite the community to participate in the naming and branding of the club. The site will have information about the upcoming season, about the ownership group, and Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE - America finally has proof there is baseball in Heaven. Independent league baseball is about to become part of the new development next to the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The Northern League, an independent professional league with a strong history in the Midwest, plans to bring a team to Northeast Iowa that will call All-Star Ballpark Heaven its home. Continue reading
Karl Holden, former commissioner of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League based in Colorado and Wyoming, is working to launch a new six-team summer collegiate circuit high up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the resort-dependent Vail Valley (avg. elev. 8,150). Because the “Vail Valley Baseball League” will be more Cape Cod League-like and not modeled after today’s minor league-like summer collegiate Continue reading
Despite a strong objection from the local baseball association, the New Ulm (MN) Park and Recreation Commission unanimously voted to consider an agreement to allow a new baseball team in town from The Great Midwestern League — a start-up summer collegiate circuit headed by Gary Rima. If approved, the team could play at Johnson Park. A number of other markets have also Continue reading
Mark Roscioli, who bought Skylands Park in Sussex County (NJ) back in March is awaiting decision by the start-up indy pro Diamond League about placing a franchise there. He had this to say in the New Jersey Herald:
“This new league is going to be a success. It’s being run by people with a track record of success. These are very impressive people, they’ve been here, I’m in communication with them and I’m hoping to get a phone call from them telling us we’re in.”
Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – In the first three years the off season has been a huge shuffle of potential cities to host Pecos League Teams. For the 2014 season don’t expect there to be much of a shuffle. There are seven returning teams with only eight spots. Continue reading
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of July 31 – August 6, including a bobblehead giveaway to honor former Mud Hen (1921) and the Greatest Athlete of the Twentieth Century, Jim Thorpe (Toledo Mud Hens), “Taco Truck Throwdown 3″ (Fresno Grizzlies), and Memphis Chicks “Throwback Night with Left-Field Loonies T-Shirt Giveaway” (Memphis Redbirds). Read more here.