Baseball 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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West 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.
The 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.
PRESS 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
PRESS 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
Chicago 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.
The 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 here. View RFP here.
PRESS 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
The 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.
Old 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.
Baseball 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 42. Read more here.
PRESS 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
There 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.
PRESS RELEASE – On Monday, April 15th, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos will receive the BaseballParks.com Award for 2012 Ballpark of the Year, on behalf of the City of Pensacola and the Community Maritime Park Associates. The award will be presented during the game Monday night by Joe Mock of Baseball Continue reading
The Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League) unveiled on Opening Day a trio of racing mascots in the likeness of the characters played by actors Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon in the movie “Bull Durham.” Read more and view photo here.
Construction in expected to begin in June on the entry plaza and grandstand for the improved ballpark for the University of Washington Huskies. The final product, estimated to cost $15-million, will include a new scoreboard, field turf, a raised grass berm, and views of beautiful Lake Washington. Read more and view photo gallery here.
If you have not read S.L Price‘s nine-page article in Sports Illustrated titled, “Art of the Deal Gone Wrong,” profiling Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and his ongoing public relations mess, you can check it out here. Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and others had a few choice words for the embattled owner and the project. Enjoy!
The deal to sell Skylands Park in Sussex County (NJ) to real estate investment firm 17 Mile is apparently not dead after all. Mark Roscioli, owner of Ardmore (PA)-based 17 Mile, says the closing has been rescheduled for Friday, March 15. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The nature of Minor League Baseball implies the Omaha Storm Chasers have a new look on the field every year, but this upcoming season the main way fans interact with the ballclub will have a much different look as well. Today, the Storm Chasers unveiled their new redesigned website featuring simpler navigation, increased multimedia content and easier ways for fans to connect Continue reading
We recall the indy pro St. Paul Saints’ (American Association) Inflatable Bat Night sponsored by Viagra from a decade ago, but we must have missed the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ (International League) Prostate Cancer Awareness Night with a foam finger giveaway from last season that was spoofed on the Tonight Show Monday night. Read more and view ad here. View Leno clip here at the 00:59 mark.
There is really nothing new to report here, but Casper (WY) is still eying a return of professional baseball after the Rookie-level Casper Ghosts (Pioneer League) departed for Grand Junction (CO) after the 2011 season. At this juncture, the only potential team out there might be the Rookie-level Helena Brewers (Pioneer League), which play in a smaller market at 60-plus-year-old Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE - The Florence Freedom are excited to announce one of giveaways fans can look forward to during the 2013 season at UC Health Stadium. Continue reading
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If you are looking for a great family movie for the holidays, we highly recommend Parental Guidance (PG) starring Billy Crystal, who gets fired as the announcer for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League). While baseball is barely a whimper in the trailer, it plays an important role in the movie. Read more here. View trailer here.
PRESS RELEASE – Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League, announce the recent hiring of Angela Cox as Operations Manager. Angie replaces Jim Amy, who will now focus on Food & Beverage. Angie comes to the Dawgs from the University of Kentucky (Wesleyan) where she served as a recruiting administrator, and most recently from Home Run Sports where she served as a Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Embark Holdings, Inc. subsidiary American West Baseball League today announced that Edinson and Edgar Renteria have agreed to invest an undisclosed amount into the American West Baseball League for an ownership interest and also have acquired the territorial rights to Fullerton, Ca., the home of the Fullerton Flyers. Continue reading
Volusia County (FL) is considering a proposal by the Single-A Daytona Cubs (Florida State League) to charge for parking on public lots around city-owned Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The city of Daytona Beach is already on board. The dollars raised would be used to help fund a stadium renovation plan. Read more here.
The Seattle Mariners will be installing a massive new video display board at Safeco Field during the offseason. According to Seattle Times blogger Brier Dudley, “[a]t 201.5 feet by 56.7 feet, the display is nearly a block long and wider than the record-holding jumbo display at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. It’s ten times the size of the ballpark’s current video screen and has a viewing area of roughly 2,182 42-inch TVs.” Read more and view renderings here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Pensacola Blue Wahoos announce the city’s first Blue Wahoos Winter Wonderland. Join us on November 23rd at sundown for a grand Illumination with Mayor Ashton Hayward to get your first glimpse into the winterized stadium. Some of the details are top-secret for now, however Pensacolians should start sharpening their ice skates and practicing holiday Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Northwest League of Professional Baseball Board of Directors have chosen Michael Ellis, an executive with 20 years of experience in Minor League Baseball, as the next President of the Northwest League, effective January 1st, 2013. Ellis succeeds Bob Richmond, who retires after serving as League President for 30 years. Continue reading
A. Barton Hinkle, senior editorial writer and columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, takes a dim and seemingly bitter look at the status of Triple-A ball in Gwinnett County (GA). As you recall, the Richmond Braves (International League) left Richmond (VA) and The Diamond for brand new $64 million ballpark outside Atlanta (GA). Things have not turned out as rosy as predicted at Coolray Field. Read more here.
The North Salina (KS) Community Development Group held a public workshop on Friday, Oct. 26, where participants were asked to “think big” when considering future development ideas for the area. One of the ideas put forth was a minor league baseball stadium. Read more here. Now, we’ve participated in these type of workshops before, and they are a fun and exciting way to begin developing a community’s long-term vision for the future, but ideas are merely sparks to light a fire.