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Saying Farewell to Midway Stadium

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoIn the world of independent professional baseball, there is no more hallowed ground than the indy pro St. Paul Saints’ (American Association) Midway Stadium.  This is where independent baseball was born and first thrived.  The Saints will soon say farewell to the only home they’ve ever known and move into a new, $54 million Lowertown ballpark next season.  Read more here.

St. Paul Saints Midway Porkchop by BallparkBiz

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T-Bones Welcome 3-Millionth Fan

Kansas City T-Bones LogoPRESS RELEASE – With temperatures in the mid-90s, it may have been the hottest night of the year but that didn’t stop Craig Swisher from taking his son and daughter to watch the Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Monday night. Continue reading

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Downtown Amarillo Ballpark Development Picks Up Steam

Amarillo Sox LogoContracts needed to kick off the design, engineering and construction of a $113 million development project for downtown Amarillo (TX) that includes a new $30 million ballpark could be completed in the next six weeks, according to two city officials.  Read more here.

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Saints Announce Jersey Design Contest

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have launched a contest that will give artistic fans the opportunity to design a one-of-a-kind Saints jersey that will be worn by the team.  They are accepting entries from today until 12:00 p.m. CST on July 7, 2014.  Saints staff members will narrow down the entries to a top five, and fans will vote for the winner.  Click here for more details and official rules.

St. Paul Saints Design Your Own T-Shirt Contest

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Saints to Celebrate ‘Ghosbusters’ Anniversary with Bill Murray T-Shirt Giveaway

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoOn Saturday, June 7, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) will be giving away Bill Murray t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ghostbusters movie.  Snoopy is looking mighty good outside Midway Stadium sporting the specially designed sportswear.

Bill Murray T-Shirt Giveaway, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

Bill Murray t-shirt giveaway, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

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New Amarillo Ballpark Hinges on Potter County

Amarillo Sox LogoPotter County (TX) officials could make or break the city of Amarillo’s plan to obtain land for a ballpark, part of a $113 million project to revamp downtown.  Read more here.

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Six Subcontractors Named for New Saints Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoMinneapolis-based Ryan Cos. has awarded contracts to six mostly local subcontractors who will help build the new $63 million Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  Read more here.

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Watch Independent Professional Baseball Live

Independent Professional Baseball Logo FacebookWe’re not sure when the site was launched (maybe it’s old news), but the indy pro American Association, Can-Am League, and Frontier League have banded together to show live games via IndependentProfessionalBaseball.com.  We don’t see an Atlantic League logo, but the outlet’s Facebook page states, “Live streaming of baseball games from the American Association, Atlantic League, CanAm League and Frontier League.”

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Saints Unveil Beer Shakes and a Sausage Haus for 2014 Season

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – There will be new smells and tastes at Midway Stadium this season that are sure to sate even the hungriest of appetites and quench the thirst of the heartiest of drinkers. The St. Paul Saints unveiled the Von Hanson Sausage Haus and the unique beer shakes during their opening homestand. Continue reading

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Study Includes Renovations for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

WichitaWingnutsLogoNBC World Series LogoA $3 billion wish list of projects to grow the quality of life in Wichita (KS) includes $49 million for major improvements to 79-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, home of the indy pro Wichita Wingnuts (American Association) and the NBC World Series.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the City Council will vote next Tuesday to Continue reading

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Replica Championship Ring Giveaway Highlights RailCats Opening Homestand

Gary SouthShore RailCats LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Gary SouthShore RailCats defense of their 2013 American Association title begins with an eventful Opening Day at the U. S. Steel Yard on Thursday, May 22nd vs. last season’s championship series opponent Wichita Wingnuts at 7:10 pm. Continue reading

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The Colboar Bump: Saints Introduce New Four-Legged Mascot

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Nation is coming to Midway Stadium this season and the WØRD of the day is Stephen Colboar. The Saints were looking for a humorous name that Minnesotan’s could gravitate towards (Johnny Hamziel), but sometimes a great idea on paper doesn’t pan out (Bic Underwear). Continue reading

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Lemurs Hire Former Miss California as VP of Client Services

Laredo Lemurs LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Laredo Lemurs are proud to announce the hiring of former Miss California USA 2011, Katie Blair in her new position as Vice President of Client Service. Continue reading

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Saints to Again Host Largest Game of Catch, Newest Ball Pig Will be Introduced Too

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lowertown business community will get a taste of what it will be like when the St. Paul Saints move to town in 2015. The annual World’s Largest Game of Catch presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union, complete with a pig, a massaging nun, food and the entire 2014 Saints team, will take place just blocks from the new Lowertown Ballpark. Continue reading

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Blasters Will Take the Field, but Joplin Miners Will Be Protected

Joplin Blasters LogoThe owners of the new indy pro American Association franchise in Joplin (MO) chose to call the team the “Joplin Blasters” instead of the throwback “Joplin Miners,” but the historical moniker will be protected anyway via a trademark application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the city back in February.  Read more here.

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Canaries Hire Former MoonDogs Broadcaster as New Voice

??????????????????????????PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball Club is excited to announce the hiring of JJ Hartigan as the new “Voice of the Canaries.” He will also handle media relations for the club. Continue reading

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Canaries Unveil New Logos for 2014

Sioux Falls Canaries Logo 2013PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball Club unveiled new alternate logos for the upcoming 2014 season today. The logos will be used in all marketing efforts, on player baseball hats and merchandise. The Canaries website will also be given an updated look with the logos in early May. Continue reading

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The Replacements to Close Out Midway Stadium

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe Replacements’ long-awaited hometown reunion concert will take place at Midway Stadium on Sept. 13.  The event will be one of the last at Midway, which is expected to be demolished after the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) wrap up their 2014 season and depart for a new ballpark.  Read more hereRead about the Replacements on WikiGo to the Replacements website.

The Replacements at Midway Stadium Poster 9.13.14

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It’s the ‘Joplin Blasters’

American Association LogoDuring a news conference Monday, the owners of the new indy pro American Association franchise in Joplin (MO) announced that the team will be known as the “Joplin Blasters.”  Read more hereWatch news report here.  Meanwhile, the Blasters are looking for a new developer for Joe Becker Stadium, which is being renovated to make room for the new team.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.

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It’s Fun and Giveaways for Goldeyes 2014 Promotional Schedule

Winnipeg Goldeyes Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Goldeyes announced today the team’s 2014 promotions schedule, which includes giveaways, fantastic entertainment, and theme games. “Giveaways and entertainment have always been a hit at Shaw Park,” Goldeyes General Manager Andrew Collier said. “Goldeyes fans are the best fans in independent baseball and we try to give them many reasons to come to the ballpark every Continue reading

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Saints Host Annual ‘Running of the Pigs’ 5K Race for Active Runners, ZeroK Race for Couch Potatoes

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – It is often imitated, but never duplicated.  There are those that erroneously feel they have the world’s shortest race.  You can search high and low, from one end of the globe to the other, but there is only one place to find a race that begins and ends in the same place in the time it takes to shoot off the start/finish pistol. Continue reading

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And the Building Begins

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoAmid the thrumming of concrete trucks and excavators, crews from Ryan Construction began pouring concrete to create the footings and foundations for the much-anticipated lowertown St. Paul ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  Read more hereView photos here.

St. Paul Saints Latest Ballpark Renderings 1.30.14

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T-Bones Unveil 2014 Promotions

Kansas City T-Bones LogoPRESS RELEASE – As the Kansas City T-Bones prepare for their home opener on Thursday, May 15, the club has announced its promotions and events schedule for the 2014 season. For 2014, the nightly promotions and ways to save on tickets have returned, along with a large offering of giveaways and special guests. Continue reading

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First Concrete Footings for New Saints Ballpark to be Poured Wednesday

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoMudonna, the official mascot of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), will join work crews from the Ryan Companies at 2 p.m. Wednesday as they pour the first concrete footings for the city’s new 7,000-seat regional ballpark in Lowertown.  Read more hereWatch construction video here.

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Laughs and Nostalgia Highlight Saints 2014 Promotional Schedule

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThis may be the Last Train to Midway, but the St. Paul Saints have not lost their edge. There will be plenty of hilarious promotions (perms on the berm), annual staples (St. Patrick’s Day in July) and surprises (final game promotion?). Like a long running TV show that has the inevitable “flashback” episode towards the end of its run, the Saints will roll out the “Best of the Best” promotional series Continue reading

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Saints Launch Annual Name the Pig Mascot Contest

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoIn partnership with the Pioneer Press, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have launched their 2014 Name Our Pig Contest.  Five weeks from today, the name will be unveiled during the World’s Largest Game of Catch in downtown St. Paul.  Just so you know, Vladimir Porkin, Oscar Pigtorius, and Game of Hambones have already been proposed.  Submit and view name suggestions here.

Last year's mascot Mackleboar

Last year’s mascot Mackleboar

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Canaries Name New GM

Sioux Falls Canaries Logo 2013PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries are proud to announce that Matt Ferguson has been named general manager of the club. The Tripp, SD native is in his fifth season with the organization and also serves as the vice president of sales. Continue reading

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Saints Go Naughty with Three-Way XXXhibition Game

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoWhether this is real (it’s certainly feasible) or an April Fools’ Day joke, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are one of the few teams that can pull-off promoting a three-way XXXhibition game without getting crucified by the offended.  Enjoy the press release below: Continue reading

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Saints Using Tournament Bracket to Determine All-Time Best Promotion

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are in the midst of their Tournament of Promotions, where Theme Nights, Giveaways, Between Inning games, and Miscellaneous promotions are doing battle via a March Madness-style bracket and fan voting to determine which promotion will be crowed the all-time champion.  Keith Olbermann gives the Saints promo bracket a mention in his report on ESPN.

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Officials Choose Ballpark Artwork: ‘Meandor’ Over ‘Field Condition’

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department and the Lowertown ballpark project team have selected “Meander” — a lengthy public art sculpture composed of 28 lighted pillars — to decorate the west plaza of the new ballpark being built for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  Read more here.

St. Paul Saints Ballpark Art Options

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Owner Speaks About Operating the RailCats

Gary SouthShore RailCats LogoPatrick A. Salvi, owner of the indy pro Gary SouthShore RailCats (American Association), spoke Monday during the Gary Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon.  In addition to providing details about operating the franchise, Salvi stated the team is completing a new marquee to enhance its visibility along the expressway and installing a new video board to bolster the fan experience at U.S. Steel Yard.  Read more here.

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Deal to Build St. Paul Ballpark Finalized

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe City of St. Paul (MN) and Ryan Cos. have finally signed off on a $43.8 million contract to construct the Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), with Ryan responsible for any cost overruns involving labor or materials.  Read more here.

St. Paul Saints Latest Ballpark Renderings 1.30.14

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Some Saints Fans Cry Foul Over Higher Ticket Prices at New Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoSome fans of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are reportedly up in arms over the reality that the comfortable seatback chairs with cupholders behind home plate at the new Lowertown ballpark will be more expensive than the crappy bleacher seats behind home plate at Midway Stadium.  Saints GM Derek Sharrer does a nice job explaining the pricing.  Watch news report hereRead more here.

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Joplin ‘Name the Team’ Contest Ends, Chosen Name to be Announced March 4

El Paso Diablos LogoThe “Name the Team” contest for the new indy pro American Association team relocating from El Paso (TX) to Joplin (MO) ended on Friday.  Reportedly, the chosen name will be announced on Tuesday, March 4.  The former El Paso Diablos will play at to-be-renovated Joe Becker Stadium.  Learn more about the Name the Team contest hereVisit the Joplin Professional Baseball Facebook page here.

Joplin Joe Becker Stadium Renovation

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The Last Train to Midway

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have released a ticket promo video using their “Take the Last Train to Midway” theme promoting their last season at Midway Stadium before moving into a new ballpark in Lowertown in 2015.  For those who have never been to Midway, the game announcer monotonically announces “train” whenever one rumbles by beyond the outfield fence.  Watch promo here.

St. Paul Saints Last Train

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Choose One of Two Art Options for New Lowertown Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe community is being asked to vote on their favorite public art piece for the new Lowertown ballpark under construction for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  The deadline for participation is 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2014.  Read more hereLearn more about the art concepts hereVote here.

St. Paul Saints Ballpark Art Options

 

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Saints Once Again Barnstorming Town Ball Style

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – Crazy costumes and outfits are a large part of the fun and entertainment the St. Paul Saints have provided during their first 21 seasons.  It’s only fitting then, that the Saints are taking their 2014 barnstorming game to a city that is believed to be the first in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration, Anoka.  The Saints, in conjunction with Killebrew Root Beer and Continue reading

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Saints Ballpark Design Again Under Fire

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoIn the latest letter from the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, the design for the new Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) is being challenged for its open-air design, trees and planters that are too uniform, uneven building setbacks, and dearth of “punched” windows and the prevalence of glass.  Read more here.

Broadway Entrance

Broadway Entrance

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An Interview with St. Paul Saints Owner Mike Veeck

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPioneer Press reporter Frederick Melo talks with indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) owner Mike Veeck about the launching of the Saints in 1993, the new ballpark currently under construction in Lowertown, and some of the fun in between.  Read more here.

St. Paul Saints Latest Ballpark Renderings 1.30.14

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Saltdogs GM Departs for NC State

Lincoln Saltdogs LogoAfter 13-plus years with the organization, Saltdogs Vice President/General Manager Tim Utrup is leaving Lincoln to become general manager for NC State’s Wolfpack Sports Properties. Continue reading

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