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Blowfish Find New Home

Columbia Blowfish BlueyThe owner of the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) announced Monday that the team is moving to Lexington County (SC) for the 2015 season.  The Blowfish will play at a newly constructed baseball stadium on Ballpark Road at the site of the old Wildcat Hollow football stadium. Read more here.  View press release below: Continue reading

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Bringing Pro Ball Back to Jackson (MS)?

Jackson MetsDespite a team in nearby Pearl (MS), Tim Bennett, president of Jackson (MS)-based Overtime Sports and co-owner of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) relocating to Biloxi (MS), is taking another run at bringing minor league baseball back to Jackson.  A site being targeted for a proposed new ballpark is at the corner of Mill and Hamilton streets in the historic Farish Street District.  Read more here.  UPDATED:  In another report, the ballpark would be for Jackson State, not a new pro team, which makes far more sense.  Read more here.

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Shovel City Crawlers Fold, First-Year IBL Limps to Finish, Former Pioneers GM Sounds Off

Independent Baseball League LogoShovel City Crawlers IBLThe Shovel City (Marion, OH) Crawlers from the first-year, four-team Independent Baseball League reportedly folded a month ago, leaving the Tiffin (OH) Saints, Adrian (MI) Pioneers, and the traveling Ohio Travelers to carry the circuit for rest of the 2014 season.  Read more here.  Now a man claiming to be the Pioneers former general manager is sharing his not-so-kind thoughts on a public forum.  Read postings here.

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Pecos League Dumping Osos, Diablos

Riudoso OsosDouglas DiablosAs teams in the indy pro Pecos League begin post-season play, it has been made clear that the Roton Osos and first-year Douglas Diablos will not be returning in 2015.  At this point, the league will operate with eight teams next season.  Read about the demise of the Osos hereRead the Pecos League announcement about the Diablos here.

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Part I: Minor League Baseball in Panama Beach City

Panama City Beach FL SealIn Part I of a four-part series, New Herald writer Brad Milner begins exploring the prospects for and potential impact of a proposed $30 million ballpark and minor league franchise in Panama Beach City/Bay County (FL).  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Perfect Game League Adds Saugerties Stallions for 2015

Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball LeaguePRESS RELEASE – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League owners met in Elmira, NY prior to the PGCBL All Star Game on July 14th and named Marty Radford as the owner of the new team that begins play in Saugerties, NY in 2015. Continue reading

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Flashback: The Mid-Missouri Mavericks

Mid-Missouri MavericksThe Wendt brother launched the indy pro Mid-Missouri Mavericks (Frontier League) back in 2003, but the Columbia (MO)-based franchise lasted just three seasons.  The team played at the University of Missouri’s Taylor StadiumRead more here.

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New Pro League on Deck?

East Coast Baseball LeagueWe’re not sure how legitimate this is, but a new independent professional league called the East Coast Baseball League is being proposed.  As usual, we’ll take a wait-and-see approach, but it’s a red flag when information about the founder(s) is non-existent.  It’s also a red flag when a new league is seeking “Player Data” on the front page of their website.  That’s the last thing they should be worrying about at this juncture.  View website here.

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Valley Baseball League to Add Charlottesville in 2015

Valley Baseball League LogoSummer collegiate baseball will return to Charlottesville (VA) for the first time since 1974, when a new Valley Baseball League franchise will begin play there in June of 2015.  The team will play at the baseball facility at Charlottesville High School.  Read more here.  Thanks to Mark Tobin for the news.

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Rollins Takes a Ballpark Pause

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesOrange County (FL) commissioners were set to vote Tuesday on a key funding mechanism needed to build a new stadium at Rollins College for the Tars and the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League), but that vote was put off because of concerns by Rollins’ board of trustees.  Read more here.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club - ACi Architects Inc.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club – ACi Architects Inc.

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Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan Not Dead

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe withdrawn proposal for a new baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom will return.  Today, Mayor Dwight Jones made it clear he was not going to back away from the Shockoe ballpark plan.  In May, the mayor took his proposal off the table before City Council members had a chance to shoot it down.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Man Tries Hand at Crowdfunding to Bring Team to Loeb Stadium

Prospect League LogoAaron Parrish is attempting to raise money via online crowdfunding to bring a summer collegiate Prospect League team he’s called the “Conductors” to Loeb Stadium in Lafayette (IN).  The money would be used for start-up costs and covering the circuit’s $175,000 franchise fee.  Parrish is currently working alone but is open to creating an ownership group.  Read more here.

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Rock Cats Moving to New $60M Stadium in Hartford

New Britain Rock Cats LogoIn a deal announced Wednesday, the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) will be moving from New Britain (CT) to a new $60-million ballpark just north of downtown Hartford (CT) in time for the 2016 season.  Read more here.  Some folks in New Britain aren’t too happy.  Read more here.

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First-Year Bravehearts Prepare for Inaugural Home Opener Thursday

Worcester Bravehearts LogoThe summer collegiate Worcester Bravehearts, the latest entry in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, will play their first game at Torrington (CT) Wednesday against the Torrington Titans and take on the Pittsfield Suns Thursday in their home opener at Hanover Insurance Park.  Read more here.

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Bismarck Ballpark Renovation Update

Dakota Rattlers LogoMunicipal Stadium in Bismarck (ND) is undergoing a major renovation, and it looks like the project will be wrapping up soon. Read more and watch news report here.  Now it’s time to start pondering future uses for the new 1,100 seat facility, including bringing a summer collegiate ball club to the former Prairie League city.  Read background here.

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Majority of Council Members to Vote Against Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan Today?

Richmond Flying SquirrelsFive members of Richmond (VA) City Council reportedly now say they plan on voting against the Shockoe Bottom ballpark plan when it comes up for consideration during Tuesday’s Council meeting.  Read more and watch news report here.

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United League Lineup Change: Paisanos Out, Charros In

Mexico Paisanos Logo ULBIn a last minute lineup change, the Brownsville Charros will replace the Mexico Paisanos as the indy pro United League‘s travel team for 2014.   The league is talking with Brownsville (TX) officials about a permanent home in 2015.  Ozzie Canseco, who managed the nixed Edinburg Roadrunners last year, will manage the Charros.  The season begins on Tuesday, May 20, for the four-team circuit.  Read more here.

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Panama City Beach Exploring Bringing Pro Baseball to Town

Panama City Beach FL SealThe Bay County Tourist Development Council voted Tuesday to further explore a potential public-private partnership to construct a new ballpark and bring a minor league baseball team to Panama City Beach (FL).  Read more hereWatch news report here.

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Astros Owner in Palm Beach County for Spring Training Ballpark Talks

Houston Astros New LogoTalks about building a new Major League Baseball spring training stadium in West Palm Beach (FL) warmed up Tuesday, as Houston Astros owner Jim Crane met with local officials to discuss the hunt for a potential stadium location and how to pay for it.  Read more here and here.

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Shovel City Crawlers Prepare for Inaugural Season

Shovel City Crawlers IBLThe Shovel City (Marion, OH) Crawlers are preparing for their inaugural 2014 season as a member of the start-up indy pro Independent Baseball League.  They will play their games at Lincoln Park.  The other teams set to begin play this season in the new circuit are the Tiffin (OH) Saints, Adrian (MI) Pioneers, and Ohio Travelers (a traveling team, we presume).  Read more here.

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Ballpark Options for Angels

Los Angeles Angels LogoThe Orange County Register takes a look at the ballpark options for the Los Angeles Angels, as owner Arte Moreno continues trolling for new digs for his franchise.  Read more here.

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Alternative Richmond Ballpark Proposal Dead?

Richmond Flying SquirrelsIt doesn’t appear as though the city of Richmond (VA) will have an alternative to Mayor Dwight Jones’ Shockoe Bottom baseball proposal, after a trio of Chesterfield developers sent a letter to city officials seemingly pulling the plug on their privately-funded proposal to build a new ballpark on the Boulevard.  Read more here.

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Angels Talk with Irvine Property Developer

Los Angeles Angels LogoThe Los Angeles Angels, frustrated by talks with Anaheim over plans to keep the team at Angel Stadium, have met with the developer of the Orange County Great Park property to see whether the construction of a new ballpark might be feasible on the Irvine site.  Read more here.

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A Look at MLB Fandom Geography

Major League Baseball LogoUsing aggregated data provided by Facebook, Tom Giratikanon, Josh Katz, David Lenohardt and Kevin Quely have created an unprecedented look at the geography of Major League Baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, but also to ZIP codes.  Read more and view interactive maps here.

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Still Trying to Get Revived Northern League Off the Ground, Elkhart Team Delayed Until 2015

Elkhart County Miracle LogoCraig Wallin, owner of the proposed indy pro Elkhart County Miracle (Northern League) baseball team confirmed earlier this month that plans to build a new stadium and launch the franchise this season have been postponed.  Nick Desrosiers, chairman of the revived circuit, said an unpredictable economy has made it difficult to get the league going this year.  Desrosiers said he expected to Continue reading

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NYCFC, Yankees Outline Plans for Soccer-Friendly Yankee Stadium

New York City F.C. LogoNew York Yankees LogoThe expansion New York City FC announced Monday that they will open their Major League Soccer (MLS) existence next year at Yankee Stadium.  Officials from both the soccer club and New York Yankees outlined the plans to turn the venue into one that is suited for both baseball and soccer games on a consistent basis.  Read more and watch news conference here.

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Japan Looking to More Professional Baseball to Stimulate Economy?

Nippon Professional Baseball LogoJapan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling party are apparently open-minded about how to revive Japan’s economy. Sportswriter Seijun Ninomiya told Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers Friday that adding four more teams to Japan’s current 12 could reinvigorate regional economies and keep more Japanese players from signing with U.S. teams.  Read more here.

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A’s to Hillsboro? Highly Unlikely

Oakland A's LogoLynn Lashbrook, sports agent and long-time promoter of bringing MLB to Portland (OR), is suggesting that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) could serve as a temporary home for the Oakland A’s, while a new MLB ballpark is built in the Rose City.  Read more here.  Rather than blabber on here about the many obstacles, we’ll let Portland-based MLB business analyst Continue reading

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Oak Creek Possible Option B for Frontier League Team

Frontier League logoIf Franklin (WI) balks at approving a deal to build a new baseball stadium for an indy pro Frontier League franchise, The Rock sports complex CEO Mike Zimmerman is reportedly eyeballing nearby Oak Creek (WI) as a possible alternative.  Read more here.

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Power Part Owner Launches Summer Collegiate Club

Carolina-Virginia_Collegiate_League LogoJohn Wilcox, part owner of the Single-A West Virginia Power (South Atlantic League), plans to launch the summer collegiate Mooresville Spinners (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League) in Mooresville (NC), about 30 miles north of Charlotte.  The team will play at Moor Park baseball field after Wilcox spends $75,000 in improving the facility.  Read more here.

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Pittsburg (CA) Team on Deck Monday Night

Pacific Association LogoThe Pittsburg (CA) City Council will consider a resolution on Monday, April 7, to approve a lease agreement with Backwards K Group LLC and allocate funds for improvements to a field at City Park to serve as the home for the proposed indy pro “Pittsburg Mettle” (Pacific Association).  Read more and view ballpark photos hereView resolution hereView Pittsburg Mettle job announcement here.

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Holland Millers Join Start-Up Michigan Summer Collegiate League

Holland Michigan SealThe Holland Millers have joined the start-up Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League.  The team will play at Boeve Baseball Stadium at Hope College.  The Millers join the Muskegon Clippers, Grand Rapids, and three teams from the Detroit area.  The league will be affiliated with the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League and could eventually become a northern division of the circuit.  Read more here.

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D.C. Grays to Play at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

DC_Grays_Logo_01PRESS RELEASE – Beginning in June 2014 the DC Grays will be playing their home games at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy at Fort DuPont. Continue reading

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MLB Returns to Montreal Today and Saturday

Montreal Expos LogoGround crews are preparing Olympic stadium in Montreal for Major League Baseball exhibition games on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, featuring the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.  So far, more than 37,000 tickets have been sold for Friday night’s game and more than 43,000 for Saturday’s afternoon game.  Read more and watch news report here.

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New Atlantic League Prez Talks Plans for 2014 and Beyond

Atlantic League LogoGet him talking about his early goals as the new president of the indy pro Atlantic League, and you’ll get a good feel for Rick White‘s deep business background.  Read more here.

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Wolff Optimistic About Baseball in Ottawa

Can-Am League LogoThere is no owner and just one employee, but indy pro Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff is optimistic that there will be a baseball team in Ottawa Stadium next year.  Read more here.

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Port of Oakland to Work with Local Business Leaders to Bring A’s to Oakland Waterfront

Oakland A's LogoThe Port of Oakland is getting behind a plan to build a waterfront baseball stadium for the Oakland A’s on the site of a recently abandoned shipping terminal.  Next week, the Board of Port Commissioners is expected to approve entering into exclusive negotiations with a group of prominent local businessmen who want to entice the A’s to build on the site.  Read more here.

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Paw Sox Staying Put, Extend Lease

Pawtucket Red Sox LogoA lease extension approved by the Pawtucket City Council keeps the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) at McCoy Stadium until at least 2021 and ends any chatter about moving the baseball team to the I-195 land in neighboring Providence.  Read more hereRead more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.

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No Sin City Help for Proposed 51s Ballpark in Summerlin

Las Vegas 51s LogoBecause the proposed new ballpark for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) is slated for the planned community of Summerlin outside the city limits of Las Vegas, it is unlikely that public dollars from Sin City will be made available for the project.  According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman made the following three suggestions: Continue reading

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Start-Up FAPB Makes Pitch to Hagerstown

Federation of American Professional BaseballSince the deal to relocate the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) to Fredericksburg (VA), several proposals have been pitched for the Municipal Stadium and the future of baseball in Hagerstown (MD), including a new one from the start-up indy pro Federation of American Professional Baseball led by Dan MalleyRead more and watch news report here.

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