PRESS RELEASE – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced today that Jimmy Walck has been named as the new public address announcer at Coca-Cola Park. The search for the second-ever “Voice of Coca-Cola Park” began in January, after Tim Chorones — who held the post since the team’s inception in 2008 — stepped down after six seasons due to increased career and family obligations. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Akron RubberDucks announced today a naming contest for the new duck mascot, which is set to be unveiled on Opening Night, April 10 at Canal Park (vs. Bowie, 6:35 p.m.). The winner will receive season tickets and a chance to participate in the unveiling ceremony. Continue reading
The prospect of building a multi-use baseball stadium in Parkersburg (WV) for an indy pro Frontier League franchise received strong support in the initial phase of a feasibility study. More than 70 percent of respondents said they were in favor of the idea. More than 25 percent expressed interest in season tickets. The second phase of the study is now underway. Read more here.
In one of the most bizarre twists of San Jose’s five-year-long odyssey to move the Oakland A’s to a downtown ballpark, team co-owner Lew Wolff on Saturday confirmed he is weighing the possibility of a temporary baseball stadium if he cannot extend his team’s two-year lease at the Oakland Coliseum. Read more here.
A $1.3 million renovation of Jackie Robinson Ballpark, home of the Single-A Daytona Cubs (Florida State League), is nearing completion, giving players and fans of the minor league baseball team everything from a new entrance gate on the east side of the park to a new concession stand on the west side. Read more and view photo here.
Since the first professional game was played in Columbia (SC) in 1904, teams have struggled to find and keep a place to play. And that struggle is taking place again today, as the city, a team owner and a developer for the Bull Street property negotiate to build a new $35 million baseball stadium for an affiliated club. Read more here.
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals may have to take a swing at getting Florida lawmakers to contribute up to $50 million in state funds quicker than a 37-year period in order to strike a deal for a new $100 million spring training stadium in Palm Beach County (FL) to host the two teams. Read more here.