The city of Butler’s cash-strapped Parks and Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority, often referred to as the stadium authority, has missed three mortgage payments, each of about $9,000, on a $1.7 million mortgage for Kelly Automotive Park, more commonly known as Pullman Park. The ballpark is home of the summer collegiate Butler BlueSox (Prospect League). Continue reading
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After months of criticizing the nonprofit St. Petersburg (FL) Baseball Commission for substandard maintenance of the downtown soccer field at Al Lang Stadium, Tampa Bay Rowdies (North American Soccer League) owner Bill Edwards filed a lawsuit this week that claims the commission has violated its contract and hurt business for the sports franchise. Read more here.
From Town Ball, the Mall of America and the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) in Minnesota, to the (barely) indy pro Roswell Invaders (Pecos League), Breaking Bad and the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League) in New Mexico, ESPN Senior Writer Jim Caple provides his recommendations for great summer baseball vacations. Read more and view photos here.
The summer collegiate Hamilton Joes (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) are looking to build a new downtown baseball stadium. The ballpark would have 2,500 to 3,000 seats and cost between $7.5 million and $10 million, according to Hamilton (OH) architect Mike Dingeldein. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC and the Virginia Beach Neptunes announced the debut of the team logos for the new baseball franchise. The Primary logo features King Neptune himself. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – When an event like the annual late-summer tournament that brings together the best amateur baseball talent in the country celebrates a significant birthday, it needs to have something special that reminds people about the history of the event, but also makes them excited for the future. The National Baseball Congress has partnered with US Logo to develop a Continue reading
Ruben Marcilla started painting the signs on Avista Stadium’s outfield fence when the plywood was new, marking off sections that would become insurance and grocery ads so big and bold the farthest-back fan could see them. Marcilla has been doing this for the Single-A Spokane Indians (Northwest League) for 25 seasons. Read more here. View photos here. Thanks to John Cerone for the story link.
We’ve already mentioned Steve Schmitt and his Big Top Baseball’s growing summer collegiate empire, but you might want to check out three recent and informative articles about the group, as the first-year Kenosha Kingfish and newly acquired Green Bay Bullfrogs — both of the summer collegiate Northwoods League — kick off the 2014 season. Read here, here, and here. View Simmons Field renovation gallery here.
The renovations being done to the historic Wausau (WI) home of the summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) are nearing completion. We’ve always loved Athletic Park as it was, but these improvements should take the franchise to a whole new level. The Woodchucks home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 30. View renderings from Pendulum here.
A new pedestrian pathway expected to improve access to recently opened Southwest University Park was supposed to be completed by the end of spring, but the $6.5 million project has been delayed. Martin Bartlett, spokesman for the City of El Paso, pointed to the summer of 2015 for completion of the project. Read more watch news report here.
The City of Winter Park (FL), the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League), and Rollins College have reached a tentative deal to bring the minor league baseball team to Winter Park, beginning with the 2016 season. Alfond Stadium, where Rollins College currently plays, will be rebuilt into a 2,500-seat venue which the college and Manatees will share. Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – In partnership with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Giants will host the popular Opera at the Ballpark – a FREE live simulcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata – on Saturday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m. Baseball and opera fans will have a chance to experience this free event with seating both on the field and in the stands. The live simulcast will be transmitted from the Continue reading
A blog/website dedicated to birding has graded 29 bird-based logos used in minor league baseball. Spoiler Alert: The logo for the Rookie-level Idaho Falls Chukars (Pioneer League) received the best mark with an “A” grade. Birding folks certainly come at this from a different angle, although we like the Chukars logo too. Read more here.
While it may not ultimately save partially condemned Bringhurst Field from further deterioration or the wrecking ball, it is positive news that the initiative on the ballot to increase the recreation millage in Alexandria (LA) was approved by voters last Saturday. Read more here. Watch video here. Go to “Save Bringhurst Field” Facebook page.
Experts say an excavation at the site of Nashville’s future Sulphur Dell ballpark for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League) uncovered ancient artifacts, including broken pottery from a salt factory dating back to 1150 A.D. Despite the discovery, digging to find more artifacts has stopped and construction of the ballpark is moving forward. Read more and view photos here.
Eric 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.
MountainStar 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.
The 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.
Mike 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
PRESS 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
PRESS 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
A 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
The 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.
With 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.
PRESS 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
PRESS 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
Congratulatory 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.
The 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 here. View aerial map here.
The 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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Bryan 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.