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Start-Up ECBL Announces Third Franchise

East Coast Baseball LeagueThe start-up East Coast Baseball League has announced that Waterloo (ON) will join the Niagara Wild and Newburgh Newts as the third franchise in the developing circuit.  While the team has been announced, the press release leads us to believe that a lease to use Bechtel Park has not been finalized.  By the way, it’s almost a 7.5 hour drive between Waterloo and Newburgh (NY).  Thanks to John Cerone for the update.

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Ballpark Business Releases 2014 Attendance Mega-Rankings

The Ballpark Business 2014 Per Game Average Attendance Mega-Rankings are here.  The Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League) capture the top spot with their brand new ballpark.  The Winnipeg Goldeyes (American Association) are the best among the independent professional ranks at #33, while the Madison Mallards (Northwoods League) are once again the top summer collegiate performer at #24.

Mega-Ranking 2014 Graphic
The annual list combines and ranks the per game average attendance of all affiliated, independent professional, and Top-50 (plus 15 more) summer collegiate franchises in North America.  View rankings here.

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Quincy Gems Have New Owners, Changes Anticipated

Quincy Gems LogoNow that a group of locals stepped up to buy the summer collegiate Quincy Gems (Prospect League) for a reported $120,000, talk now turns toward the changes that could be coming to the team and their historic ballpark.  One of the changes mentioned is bringing the restrooms up to standard.  They indeed need fixing.  Below is a picture from our visit in 2013.  Read more here.

QU Stadium mens' restroom from BallparkHunter.com

QU Stadium mens’ restroom from BallparkHunter.com

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One Loudoun Developers Working to Dump VIP

Loudoun Hounds LogoThe developers of One Loudoun are seeking to terminate a lease with VIP Sports and Entertainment to build a stadium on the expansive residential, commercial and entertainment development in Ashburn (VA).  Plans are reportedly in place to find new owners to lead the effort to bring professional baseball and soccer teams sports to Loudoun County.  Read more here.

Loudoun Hounds Ballpark Groundbreaking Rendering

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No Sounds from the Loudoun Hounds

Loudoun Hounds LogoThe proposed indy pro Loudoun Hounds (Atlantic League) are apparently down for the count, as their offices have reportedly been closed and lawsuits have been filed.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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A Final Goodbye to Midway Stadium, Bill Murray Takes Tickets

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoActor/team co-owner Bill Murray was in the house Thursday night, as the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) played their final game at Midway Stadium before moving to a new ballpark in Lowertown in 2015.  Read more, see photos and watch video hereWatch Bill Murray taking tickets here.

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