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
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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.
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.
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