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Manfred Elected MLB Commissioner

MLB LogoRob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man competition to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has seen competition increase and attention spans shrink.  Read more here.

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Bullfrogs See Improvements Under New Ownership

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – With a 1-0 defeat of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Sunday night, the Green Bay Bullfrogs 2014 season officially came to a close. It was a new year for the franchise in Green Bay this season as new ownership, new coaches, and new players took over and exceled on and off the field. The team’s record vastly improved from last season while the Bullfrogs set a record for Continue reading

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Life in the New York-Penn League

Brooklyn Cyclones LogoStaten Island Yankees LogoIt is outside our niche (talking about players and all), but you might find interesting a eight-part series of articles posted on WFUV.org radio about the trials and tribulations of being minor league ballplayers for the Mini Mets and Baby Bombers.  Read or listen to Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5,   Chapter 6, Chapter 7, and Chapter 8.  Thanks to John Cerone for the links.

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MoonPup to MoonDog to (Hopefully) Front Office Pro Dog

Mankato MoonDogs LogoCharlie Snelson has been a member of the summer collegiate Mankato MoonDogs (Northwoods League) organization since he was 11.  Now 21, Snelson is preparing to venture out beyond the Dog Pound as he finishes up his sports management degree at Mankato State University before next season.  Read more here.  View photos here and here.

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Niagara Falls May Seek Ballpark Operator

Niagara Power LogoSal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls (NY) is by no means a free agent, but Mayor Paul Dyster’s administration is open to the idea of finding a private operator for the field which has now reverted back to city control.  Read more here.  The facility is the current home of the summer collegiate Niagara Power (New York Collegiate Baseball League).

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Dayton Dragons Being Sold

Dayton Dragons LogoPRESS RELEASE – Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Dayton Dragons franchise – the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds – from Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC. Continue reading

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The Only ‘Voice of the Bees’ Since 1994 to Call 3,000th Game Tuesday

Salt Lake Bees LogoPRESS RELEASE – Veteran radio broadcaster Steve Klauke will announce his 3,000th game for the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark when the Bees play the Nashville Sounds. Entering today’s game, Klauke will have called 2,999 of a possible 3,009 games in franchise history. Continue reading

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Kingfish Announce New Assistant GM, ‘Turn Back the Clock Night’ Scheduled for June 28

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish are delighted to announce Nick Heyerdahl as the team’s new Assistant General Manager. Heyerdahl started with the Kingfish as a Corporate Account Manager where he focused primarily on outside ticket sales, which included meetings with CEO’s and decision-makers regarding employee outings and client entertainment. Continue reading

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RoughRiders Announce Sale of Franchise

Frisco Roughriders Secondary MarkPRESS RELEASE – Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC, owner of the Frisco RoughRiders, is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement with Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju for the sale of the Frisco RoughRiders franchise. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approvals of the Texas League and Minor League Baseball and the review of the Office Continue reading

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Pete Rose to Manage Bluefish (for One Day)

Bidgeport Bluefish LogoPete Rose will manage for the first time in 25 years, as he takes the field as the skipper of indy pro Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic League) for one game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport (CT) on June 16.  Read more hereCheck out Bluefish Rose gear here.

Manager Pete Rose

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Owners of Pulaski Mariners to Retire, Owners of Speedway/Dragway Will Take the Reins

Pulaski Mariners LogoPRESS RELEASE – After twenty-five years of operating a team in the Appalachian League, the owners of Pulaski Baseball, Inc. have decided to retire. Continue reading

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Former Field Manager Blames Owners for Bears Demise

Newark Bears LogoKen Oberkfell, former field manager of the now-defunct indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League), paints a depressing picture of bumbling mismanagement of the club by owners Douglas Spiel and his wife, Danielle Dronet.  Oberkfell is now field manager for the indy pro Lincoln SaltDogs (American Association).  Spiel and Dronet are reportedly no longer a couple.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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MoonDogs Welcome Horton as New Voice

Mankato MoonDogs LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwoods League is excited to welcome Josh Horton to the organization. He will be the voice of the MoonDogs this season on the radio and for online broadcasts. Horton grew up in Pittston, Pennsylvania and is currently a senior at Misericordia University, where he will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. Continue reading

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Honkers Hire New Radio Voice

Rochester Honkers LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today that Erik Ryan Solberg from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. will be the team’s new radio voice for the 2014 season. All 36 home and 36 away games will be broadcasted live on Sports Radio AM 1520 The Ticket, a Townsquare Media Group station. Continue reading

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Veteran Public Address Announcer Aaron Sims to be Voice of Kingfish

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish will welcome former Madison Mallards Public Address announcer Aaron Sims to Simmons Field in the same role for their inaugural 2014 season. Sims retired from the Mallards after the 2014 season. Continue reading

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15-Year MiLB Veteran Joines Thunder Broadcast Team

Trenton Thunder LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Thunder announced today that John Rodgers has been named the new Director, Broadcasting/Corporate Sales and will make his debut on the Thunder Radio Network at this Thursday’s game against the Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia). The broadcast will begin at 6:45pm on 91.3 FM and trentonthunder.com with game time at ARM & HAMMER Park slated for 7:05pm. Continue reading

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New Ownership Moves Bullfrogs to New On-Site Front Office Location

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs received approval from the Green Bay City Council on Tuesday, May 6th, to move their front office to the Community Policing Building on South Baird Street. Continue reading

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Lemurs Hire Former Miss California as VP of Client Services

Laredo Lemurs LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Laredo Lemurs are proud to announce the hiring of former Miss California USA 2011, Katie Blair in her new position as Vice President of Client Service. Continue reading

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Team Biloxi Names GM, Launches Name the Team Contest

Huntsville Stars LogoBuck Rogers, an 18-year Minor League Baseball executive, has been named the first General Manager in the history of the Biloxi Baseball Club.  The announcement was made today by team president Ken Young at a press conference held at the Biloxi Visitors Center.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the team launched a Name The Team Contest starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning.  Click below to submit your entry:

Biloxi Baseball Name the Team Contest

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Fort Myers Miracle Sold

Ft. Myers Miracle LogoPRESS RELEASE – SJS Beacon, a privately held company, is pleased to announce its purchase of the Fort Myers Miracle from the Goldklang Group. The Fort Myers Miracle are the long time Advanced-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and a member of the Florida State League. The Miracle play their home games at Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Twins. Continue reading

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Pacifics Make Staff Changes

SR_Pacifics_LogoComp01YPRESS RELEASE – Pacifics President and General Manager, Mike Shapiro, today announced that Assistant General Manager, Josh Jackson, has accepted a position with the Baylor University athletic department in his native Texas and that staffers Steve Detwiler and Tristan Barbieri would share his role with the Pacifics. Continue reading

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Canaries Hire Former MoonDogs Broadcaster as New Voice

??????????????????????????PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball Club is excited to announce the hiring of JJ Hartigan as the new “Voice of the Canaries.” He will also handle media relations for the club. Continue reading

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Wear Your Pro-Sin Tax Stickers!

Cleveland Indians LogoThe Cleveland Indians reportedly instructed their ballpark ushers on Opening Day to prominently wear stickers promoting the renewal of a Cuyahoga County (OH) sin tax to support upkeep at the city’s sports venues. Continue reading

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HiToms Hire Asonye as Director of Broadcasting

Thomasville Hi-Toms LogoPRESS RELEASE – The High Point – Thomasville HiToms have named Nkwa Asonye as the franchise’s Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the 2014 season, effective immediately. Asonye will handle the play-by-play duties for all HiToms home and road games and also act as the team’s primary media contact handling press releases and roster updates. Continue reading

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Tobs Hire Former Catcher, Pump Jacks Voice as New Broadcaster

Wilson Tobs Primary SDSPRESS RELEASE – As per usual there will be plenty of new faces around Fleming Stadium this summer, and in addition to the new faces there will be a new voice; the Tobs announced today that Jake Donnelly will be the new Director of Broadcasting for the 2014 season. Continue reading

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Padres Fill Anouncer Position

San Diego Padres New Logo 2011-2012During the seventh inning stretch Saturday against the San Francisco Giants, Alex Miniak was in the Padres announcing booth at Petco Park when he officially announced that he won the job.  Read more and watch videos here and here.

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Hops, Diamondbacks Extend PDC

Hillsborough Hops LogoArizona Diamondbacks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops), announced today that they have extended their affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) through the 2016 season. The Hops have been a Diamondbacks affiliate since 2001. Continue reading

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Admirals Get New Owner, Two Hawaii Teams Go Dark

Vallejo Admirals A LogoThe indy pro Vallejo Admirals (Pacific Association) announced last week that Robert J. Young and NorCalSports LLC have purchased the team from the Tito Fuentes Baseball Academy.  Last season, Young owned both the Hawaii Stars and Na Koa Ikaika Maui, the 2013 champions of the Pacific Association.  Those teams are dark for the 2014 season.  Read more here.

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Beach Bums Announce New Voice

Traverse City Beach Bums LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Traverse City Beach Bums will have a new voice to go along with their new radio station this season as Kevin Burke will be joining the Beach Bums as the team’s broadcaster. Continue reading

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Blowfish Promote Evans to GM

Columbia Blowfish BlueyPRESS RELEASE – With recent news of playing the USA Baseball Collegiate Team, the final season at Historic Capital City Stadium, and today’s announcement of Fireworks Shows for every Friday and Saturday home game, the Blowfish have one more piece of exciting news: Bill Shanahan, Owner/President has promoted Asst. GM Kelly Evans to be the new General Manager of the Columbia Blowfish Continue reading

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Columbia Approves Baseball Deal

Sand Gnats LogoBy a vote of 4-3, the Columbia (SC) City Council has agreed to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and operate a yet-to-be-built stadium.  This was the first step toward spending $29 million in public money for a $35 million year-round facility.  Read more here.

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Canaries Name New GM

Sioux Falls Canaries Logo 2013PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries are proud to announce that Matt Ferguson has been named general manager of the club. The Tripp, SD native is in his fifth season with the organization and also serves as the vice president of sales. Continue reading

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Pippins Announce Hiring of GM

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Yakima Valley Pippins are proud to announce the addition of Danny Tetzlaff to the front office staff. Tetzlaff will serve as the General Manager for the Pippins. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Pippins front office and will be able to enhance the Pippins on-field product as well as the fan experience. Continue reading

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Missoula Osprey Announce New Voice

Missoula Osprey LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Missoula Osprey announced today the addition of Nolan Alexander as the new “Voice of the Osprey.” Alexander will also fill the role of media relations coordinator upon his arrival to Missoula in early June. Continue reading

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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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Pippins Announce Radio Deal, Inaugural Voice

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Yakima Valley Pippins and TownSquare Media announced today that they have agreed to terms on a relationship, establishing ESPN 1460 Yakima as the exclusive English-language broadcast home of the Yakima Valley Pippins – every game, home and away. Continue reading

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Group Negotiating to Buy Roughriders

Frisco Roughriders Secondary MarkA group led by former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg has reportedly emerged as the front-runner to purchase the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders (Texas League) from Mandalay Sports Entertainment.  Read more here.

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Mallards Announce New Fan Participation Program – The Fowliners

Madison Mallards New LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Madison Mallards have introduced a new fan participation program that will allow fans on the field to help with foul balls. The program has been named the Fowliners. Continue reading

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Mustangs Announce New GM

Martinsville Mustangs New Logo 2013PRESS RELEASE – The Martinsville Mustangs will introduce their new general manager to the public today at Hooker Field as part of the team’s Pi Day celebrations. Continue reading

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Mariners Hire Ballpark Events Manager for Non-Baseball Events

Seattle Mariners LogoPRESS RELEASE – Alisia Anderson, who has extensive experience in meeting planning, convention sales and special events, has joined the Seattle Mariners as the Director of Ballpark Sales and Marketing for Safeco Field. Continue reading

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