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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Price Cutter Park (Ozark, MO)

Digital Ballparks LogoSpringfield-Ozark Mountain Ducks CharacterEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com visit Price Cutter Park, the former home of the indy pro Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks (Texas-Louisiana League/Central League/Frontier League).  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Team Owner May Pony Up More for New El Paso Ballpark, City Holds Firm at $64M

El Paso Chihuahuas HeadMountainStar Sports Group, the owner of the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League), may be pouring more money into the Downtown El Paso ballpark than originally planned, as the price tag is expected to exceed the $64 million cap set by the city.  Read more here.

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Kingfish Are No Fielders

LakeCountyFieldersKenosha Kingfish LogoThe Lake County News-Sun looks back at the failed indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League) and compares the effort to bring baseball to the area with the new summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League).  You can ignore the so-called  “reporter” looking for Kevin Costner dirt and not the true facts about the Zion (IL) situation.  Read more here.

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Canton’s Thurman Munson Stadium Still Alive and Kicking

Canton Crocodiles 2Mike Munson, son of Yankee great Thurman Munson, threw out the first pitch last Wednesday at the new field at 25-year-old, 5,700-seat Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton (OH).  No longer having a professional baseball team to call Munson home, the city in 2011 leased the facility for $1 a year to the OMSBL, which, in exchange for revenue, manages and Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Borleske Stadium (Walla Walla, WA)

Charlies Ballparks PageCharles O’Reilly from CharliesBallparks.com visits Borleske Stadium, home of the summer collegiate Walla Walla Sweets (West Coast League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Bandits Bring the Best for 2014 Promotions

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The combination of playing in the Best Minor League Ballpark in America, being an affiliate of the Houston Astros, who possess the No. 1-rated minor league farm system, and defending the Midwest League Championship is just the beginning for the Quad Cities River Bandits this season. After earning multiple national promotional awards, the club is amplifying its most popular gameday Continue reading

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Revolution Begin Series of Improvements to Santander Stadium

York Revolution SecondaryPRESS RELEASE – Official construction on the “Dietz & Bluett Insurance Diamond Deck” began last month, (see attached photos) and will be completed in advance of the York Revolution’s Opening Day on Thursday, April 24.  The new hospitality area, which now puts large groups in the middle of the action at Santander Stadium, is the first piece of a multi-year investment plan for the seven-year-old Continue reading

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Upgrades Proposed for Perdue Stadium

Delmarva Shorebirds LogoA wraparound outfield deck, a new video board, swaths of additional reserved seating and a statue of Arthur W. Perdue may grace his namesake ballpark, if $5.7 million in upgrades recommended by a new Maryland Stadium Authority-commissioned report are approved.  Perdue Stadium, located in Salisbury (MD) on the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Continue reading

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MLB Makeover for Sydney Cricket Ground

MLB Sydney 2014Starting Friday, the Sydney Cricket Ground will begin its 20-day transformation into a baseball field in preparation for Major League Baseball’s Opening Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 and 23.  Read more here.

Preparing Sydney Cricket Ground for Opening Series, MLB Facebook photo

Preparing Sydney Cricket Ground for Opening Series, MLB Facebook photo

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‘Muskegon Clippers’ to Take Field in 2014

Muskegon Marsh FieldThe new summer collegiate baseball team in Muskegon (MI) will be known as the Muskegon Clippers.  The team will begin play at Marsh Field this season as a member of the inaugural Michigan Collegiate Baseball League, an affiliate of sorts of the summer collegiate Great Lakes Collegiate Baseball League.  Read more here.

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What is the Future of Rangers Ballpark/Globe Life Park?

Texas Rangers LogoWith a new ballpark naming right deal in place, Dallas Morning News staff writer Evan Grant ponders whether this is the start of a 20-year anniversary celebration for the Texas Rangers’ home, which opened in 1994, or the start of a countdown toward a possible exit when the club’s lease (and, coincidentally, the sponsorship deal) ends in 2024?  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.

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Forest City Owls Name New GM

Forest City Owls LogoPRESS RELEASE – Forest City Owls Baseball announced on Tuesday that Cory Dirksen, who had most recently been the Associate General Manager for UTEP/IMG, is the new Owls General Manager. Dirksen’s wife, Christina Dirksen will join the team as Director of Group Sales. Continue reading

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Snowball Classic Set for Feb. 1

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Farmer’s Almanac predicts impending doom for the big game in New Jersey on February 2. While football officials brace for the worst, the St. Paul Saints and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy are embracing the expected cold weather in Minnesota by hosting another big game, the Summer Shandy Snowball Classic as part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Continue reading

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Joplin Approves Lease for American Association Team, Outlaws Will Play On

El Paso Diablos LogoCongratulatory remarks were exchanged Tuesday night after a meeting in which the Joplin City Council approved the lease of Joe Becker Stadium for a professional baseball development that will bring the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) to town in 2015.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the summer collegiate Joplin Outlaws (MINK League) will play on (for now).  Read more here.

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Watertown Rams Extend Lease

Watertown RamsThe summer collegiate Watertown Rams (Perfect Game League) have locked in a three-year deal to continue using Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.  Read more here.  This is good news, as there has been a little instability in the market over the last couple of years.  Read more here and here.

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Cubs Introduce Mascot

Chicago Cubs LogoClark the Cub, the Chicago Cubs’ new kid-friendly mascot, was introduced Monday evening during a visit to Advocate Illinois Masonic’s Pediatric Developmental Center.  Read more and see actual mascot hereView Twitter photo here.

Clark the Cub, Chicago Cubs Facebook page

Clark the Cub, Chicago Cubs Facebook page

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More Enhancements Coming to Dodger Stadium

Dodgers LogoThe Los Angeles Dodgers have unveiled more upgrades coming to Dodger Stadium, including expanded entries, new concessions, and a bullpen overlook.  Read more and view list of seven planned upgrades hereView aerial map here.

Rendering of 2014 Dodger Stadium Enhancements, Los Angeles Dodgers Facebook page

Rendering of 2014 Dodger Stadium Enhancements, Los Angeles Dodgers Facebook page

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Budget Challenges Could Challenge Upgrades to ‘The Hank’

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoThe Double-A Mobile BayBears (Southern League) reportedly want in “excess of $1 million” in upgrades to the 17-year-old Hank Aaron Stadium, but the city’s budget situation could prevent the team from moving forward with projects to improve the city-owned facility.  Read more here.

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Welcome 2014!

HNYHappy New Year to all and best wishes for a wonderful and prosperous (particularly at the gate) 2014.  Thank you for making Ballpark Business a great success!  Since we launched in August 2009, we have posted nearly 7,200 news stories, and our visitorship continues on an upward trajectory.  Keep spreading the word! – Ballpark Business

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Flying Squirrels Introduce ‘Chin Music’ Beer

Richmond Flying SquirrelsPRESS RELEASE – The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Center of the Universe Brewing Company (COTU) held an unveiling event on Tuesday at COTU Brewery to announce the release of Flying Squirrels’ Chin Music, which will hit the market on March 1st, 2014. Chin Music was the name selected after a “Name the Beer” contest was held in conjunction with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Opt4Cards. The first Continue reading

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Hawks Hire Ems Former AGM as AGM

Boise Hawks LogoBryan Beban, the former assistant general manager of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), has been hired by the Single-A Boise Hawks (Northwest League) to serve in the same capacity.  Read more here.

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Baseball to Return to Olympics?

Olympics LogoBaseball and softball could return to the Olympic program for the 2020 Tokyo Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.  Read more here.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Morgantown Ballpark

West Virginia University LogoWest Virginia University and the community held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday for a new $16 million ballpark in Morgantown (WV) for the Mountaineers baseball team and possible Single-A New York-Penn League franchise.  The project is slated to open in time for the 2015 season.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Far West League Crumbles

Far West League LogoThe summer collegiate Humboldt Crabs and Redding Colt .45s will play as independents in 2014, while a host of other teams in the Far West League have departed for the California Collegiate League or Golden State Collegiate Baseball League.  Erik Wagle, who served as the FWL commissioner, has also reportedly resigned.  Read more here.

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Explorers GM Named American Association’s Executive of the Year

Sioux City Explorers LogoPRESS RELEASE – Sioux City Explorers General Manager, Shane Tritz, has been named the 2013 American Association Executive of the Year, the league office announced today.  The award was decided by a vote of all thirteen teams’ field managers and media representatives and this is the first time in team history that a member of the Sioux City Explorers organization has received the award. Continue reading

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St. Paul Taps Port Authority for Environmental Cleanup Help

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe city of St. Paul (MN) is looking for expert help from the St. Paul Port Authority to guide them through the environmental cleanup of the Lowertown site for the new ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), as well as the the team’s current home at Midway Stadium, which will be leveled and the land redeveloped.  As Port Authority President Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Chukchansi Park (Fresno, CA)

Fresno Grizzlies LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Chukchansi Park, home of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League). Read more and view photos in a two-part series here and here.

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Cougars First Single-A Club to Reach 10 Million Fans

Kane County Cougars LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kane County Cougars, Class-A farm team of the Chicago Cubs, welcomed their 10 millionth fan, Rich Davis of St. Charles, through the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark gates this evening. Rich (pictured below in black polo shirt and sun glasses) attended the historic game along with his wife Tammy and sons Michael and Matthew. Continue reading

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Mrs. Met Returns After Makeover

New York Mets LogoThe New York Mets’ mascot Mrs. Met hasn’t been seen for decades, but she has returned with a whole new look.  Read more and view photos hereWatch video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the news.

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Bringing the Game to Kenya

Kenya FlagChicago White Sox scout John Tumminia and his partners are working to raise enough funds to bring a free baseball and softball clinic — along with 500 bats and balls, 300 baseball caps, and a dozen hitting tees — to at least 500 elementary and middle school children at the Kipkeino Primary School in Kenya in October.  Read more here.

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Fredericksburg Issues RFP for Baseball Stadium Lease Consultant

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe City of Fredericksburg (VA) is seeking proposals from interested firms to serve as advisor on a proposed baseball stadium lease between the city and the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League).  Meanwhile, Hagerstown (MD) is still trying to keep the franchise from moving by continuing to work on their own new stadium plan.  Read more hereView RFP here.

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Panasonic Partners with New Neighbors Newark Bears to Enhance Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium

Newark Bears LogoPRESS RELEASE – Panasonic Eco Solutions North America announces that it has installed new, cutting-edge LED videoboards at the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in partnership with the Newark Bears. The stadium is in the same city soon to be the new home of Panasonic’s North American headquarters – Newark, New Jersey. Continue reading

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New Morgantown Ballpark: Let the Design Begin

West Virginia University LogoThe panel charged with designing the new baseball stadium for the West Virginia University Mountaineers and a possible Single-A franchise will meet for the first time today.  Read more here.

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RIP: Butte’s Alumni Colisuem

Butte Copper Kings LogoOld Alumni Coliseum was finally demolished to make more room for the burgeoning football program at Montana Tech.  The baseball stadium, which shared the playing surface with the football field, became a huge annoyance for the college after it dropped its baseball program.  The Diggers are now laying down new field turf, which will erase any physical memory of the baseball field.  View demolition photo here.

Click to Enlarge - Alumni Coliseum from BallparkHunter.com 2010

Click to Enlarge – Alumni Coliseum from BallparkHunter.com 2010

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Ballparks in Film

movBaseball America Editor in Chief Will Lingo takes a look at the role ballparks have played in movies released in 2013.  There are some good cameos here, including Chukchansi Park used in the comedy Parental Guidance starring Billy Crystal as the voice of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) and several great vintage ballparks featured in the Jackie Robinson movie 42Read more here.

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Travel Channel Star Talks Ballpark Fare

ABPittsburgh Pirates star outfielder (and budding TV host?) Andrew McCutchen talks with noted chef, author and worldwide food taster Anthony Bourdain (Travel Channel: No Reservations) about ballpark beer and food.  Read more and view video here.

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Spinners Announce ‘Band of Brothers’ Bobble for July

Lowell Spinners LogoPRESS RELEASE – One season after dedicating a POW/MIA seat in honor of all those soldiers who never returned home, the Lowell Spinners (Class-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) will partner with the WWII Foundation on a night to salute more of our heroes with “Band of Brothers” Bobble Head Giveaway Night Tuesday, July 2. Continue reading

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Richmond Leaders Visit Denver’s LoDo District, Coors Field

Richmond Flying SquirrelsAs Richmond (VA) city officials continue to evaluate building a new ballpark for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League), a delegation of 150 area leaders made the trek to Denver (CO) last week to learn about downtown redevelopment by visiting the city’s Lower Downtown District that was revitalized in the mid-90s by Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.  Read more here.

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AWBL Locks In Las Cruces and Bisbee

American West Baseball League LogoThe start-up indy pro American West Baseball League issued two press releases today announcing finalized deals with Las Cruces (NM) and Bisbee (AZ).  Read announcements here and here.

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As the AWBL Turns…

American West Baseball League LogoThere are no real surprises here, as we have been skeptically monitoring the developing indy pro American West Baseball League and those involved for a long time, but Rodney Johnson, president of the Arizona Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), has posted a story you will likely find very interesting, particularly as it relates to financials and quotes from those no longer involved.  Read more here.

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