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Savannah Balks at New Stadium Site

Sand Gnats LogoThe Savannah (GA) City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to reject building a new baseball stadium at Savannah River Landing for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League).  The council will consider the Canal District for a future building site.  The mayor expressed interest in renovating Grayson Stadium instead.  One aldermen thinks the city should explore bringing in Continue reading

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Forget the Ballpark Study, Savannah City Staff Have a Different Site in Mind

Sand Gnats LogoCity of Savannah (GA) staff members are recommending that the proposed new stadium for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) be considered as a part of the planned Canal District.  The recommendation rejects the Savannah River Landing site picked in a recent $55,000 ballpark study.  The city council will address the issue on Thursday.  Read more here.

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Selig Blames Ballpark Troubles for Key Tampa Bay Departures, Rays Owners Ponders Move to Montreal

Tampa Bay Rays LogoCommissioner Bud Selig traced the Tampa Bay Rays’ inability to retain key personnel — at least in part — to the inability to secure a new ballpark.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, Rays owners Stuart Sternberg has reportedly had discussions with wealthy Wall Street associates about moving the Rays to Montreal.  Read more here.

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American Association Targeting Brownsville, New Braunfels?

American Association LogoThe indy pro American Association is reportedly in talks with Brownsville (TX) about building a new stadium and bringing a franchise to town.  Local officials are apparently pleased it’s not the “semi-defunct” United League that has come knockin’.  Sources say the league is also looking at New Braunfels (TX)Read more here.

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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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