PRESS RELEASE – Effective Monday, October 20, 2014 the Windy City ThunderBolts baseball club’s ownership was transferred solely to Al Oremus. The transfer became official on Monday afternoon after the Frontier League approved the transaction by a unanimous vote this past Friday. Oremus, who has owned 20% of the club as a minority owner since 2012, bought the remaining 80% from Dan Brennan and Mike Stranczek. Continue reading
The Atlanta Braves have hired John Hart to serve as the team’s president of baseball operations — a newly created title. The 66-year-old Hart agreed to a three-year deal that will continue through the team’s first season at its new stadium in Cobb County. Hart, the former GM for the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians, joined the Braves last year as a senior adviser. Read more here.
Developer Embrey Partners provided new details Wednesday on its 306-unit luxury apartments planned next to the new ballpark under construction for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League). Read more and view rendering here.
Slow baseball news day? For those who have never visited Kauffman Stadium, home of the ALCS champion Kansas City Royals, check out the five-hole, baseball-themed putt-putt golf course that might give a few baseball team owners/operators ideas for creating extra fun (or distractions, based on your baseball purity) at the ballpark. Read more and see photos here.
There is really nothing new here, but the Single-A Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn League) will still be operated by the owner of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (International League) during the 2015 season, and the team is still for sale. As you recall, even though the operator is eating annual financial losses, they will profit handsomely when the Muckdogs are eventually sold based on a deal struck in 2008. Read more here.
Hardball Capital, the group bringing a professional team to Columbia’s (SC) Bull Street development for the 2016 season, has received the required approval from Minor League Baseball. The Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) remain a prime candidate for relocation. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Bridgeport Bluefish and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced that The Ballpark at Harbor Yard will host the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will take place on Wednesday, July 8. This will be the third time that Harbor Yard will have the event, with the previous mid-summer Classics being held in 1999 and 2006. Continue reading