It’s the ‘Kokomo Jackrabbits’

Prospect League LogoAs we predicted, the summer collegiate Prospect League franchise in Kokomo (IN) will be known as the “Kokomo Jackrabbits.”  This might seem a little odd on its face, but there is a historic connection.  The Jackrabbit vehicle was produced by Apperson Brothers Automobile Company in Kokomo in the early 1900s.  Apperson was an American automobile manufacturer that built cars in Kokomo from 1902 to 1926.   View photos of a 1915 Apperson Jackrabbit Cloverleaf Roadster here.  As for the uniforms, we’re seeing vintage San Diego Padres here.

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Money-Saving, Cut-From-the-Bluprints Seating May Have to be Restored

Biloxi Baseball Double BAs construction has progressed on the new ballpark in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League), developers and owners have discovered what could be a mistake in the plans for the $36 million stadium.  Four seating bays that were originally cut from the blueprints to save money may have to be there because of minor league seating requirements.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Actress Asks Richmond Mayor to Withdraw Support for Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan

Richmond Flying SquirrelsActress Lupita Nyong’o has joined those urging Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones to reconsider building a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League).  Nyong’o, who won an Academy Award for her role in the movie 12 Years a Slave, released a letter Sunday asking the mayor to instead preserve the site’s slave history.  Read more here.

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New Lease for New Owners of Bend Elks

Bend Elks LogoLong-time owner Jim Richards recently sold the successful summer collegiate Bend Elks (West Coast League) to a group called Let’s Play Ball LLC, out of Portland.  Last week, the Bend Parks and Recreation Board approved a new five-year, $1 per year lease with the new ownership to use Vince Genna StadiumRead more and watch news report here.  We’re not sure if the sale or lease agreements include the operation or use of the Bend Fieldhouse or not.

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Lemurs Announce Two-Game Sister Cities Classic

Laredo Lemurs LogoNuevo Laredo TecolotoesThe indy pro Laredo Lemurs (American Association) and Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo (Liga del Norte) will battle it out in the two-game Sister Cities Baseball Classic.  The first game will be played at Uni-Trade Stadium on November 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  The teams will then travel just across the border for a game at Parque La Junta Field on November 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more hereView Parque La Junta Field street view.

 

Laredo Lemurs President  Marcus Holiman announces details of the upcoming baseball classic

Laredo Lemurs President Marcus Holliman announces
details of the upcoming baseball classic

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Can-Am Considers Potential Sixth Franchise

Can-Am League LogoCan-Am League (and American Association) Commissioner Miles Wolff recently talked with TSN 1200 radio about the start-up Ottawa Champions and the three-person ownership group that includes Wolff, David Gourley and Al Ramos.  Through the interview and in a LaPress.ca article, we learn that a suitor with “deep pockets’ and a secured ballpark is seeking an Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Jerry Uht Park (Erie, PA)

Erie SeaWolves New Full LogoMiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Jerry Uht Park, home of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League).  Read more and view photos here.

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