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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Snowball Classic a Success

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) successfully held the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy Snowball Classic on Saturday afternoon at Midway Stadium.  Indeed, softball in the snow is quite a spectacle!  Read more and watch news report hereView Facebook photos here.

2014 Snowball Classic, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

2014 Snowball Classic, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

 

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Saints Unveil Latest Lowertown Ballpark Renderings

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) unveiled three new illustrations Thursday evening depicting the city’s future regional ballpark, a 7,000-seat stadium that soon will be under construction in Lowertown.  Read more and view renderings here.

St. Paul Saints Latest Ballpark Renderings 1.30.14

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Snowball Classic Set for Feb. 1

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS 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

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City Gets $748K from Met Council for Environmental Cleanup of Lowertown Ballpark Site

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe city of St. Paul has received a $748,000 grant from the Metropolitan Council to help offset the cost of environmental cleanup at the new regional ballpark in Lowertown for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  Read more here

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Joplin Approves Lease for American Association Team, Outlaws Will Play On

El Paso Diablos LogoCongratulatory 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.

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Saints, Chamber of Commerce to Throw Ballpark Party

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce are throwing a party at the end of the month to celebrate the future regional ballpark in lowertown St. Paul.  Read more hereView press release here

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RailCats Hire New AGM

Gary SouthShore RailCats LogoPRESS RELEASE – David Kay joins the RailCats as Assistant General Manager and Director of Tickets for the 2014 season. 2014 will be David’s 9th season working in professional baseball. Continue reading

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Introducing Ballpark Architect Julie Snow

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoJulie Snow of Julie Snow Architects in Minneapolis (MN) has been involved in designing the new 7,000-seat stadium for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) for seven years, long before it came to the public’s attention.  Read more here.

Concourse View

Concourse View

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Joplin OKs Financing Plan for Ballpark Renovation

El Paso Diablos LogoA $4 million financing package that draws money from several sources, including $1.8 million in debt, was selected Monday night by the Joplin (MO) City Council to renovate Joe Becker Stadium to bring the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) to town.  Read more here.

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Saints Preparing for 2014 Ice Bowl Game

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoIt’s -36 degrees with the wind chill right now in St. Paul (MN), so what better time to think about holding an outdoor baseball game in middle of winter?  Well, on February 1, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) plan to embrace the snow and brutal freezing temperatures by holding the Ice Bowl Game at Midway Stadium, just like they did in 2009 and 2010.  More details coming soon.

Ice Bowl Game at Midway Stadium, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

Ice Bowl Game at Midway Stadium, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

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Amarillo Sox Promote Two

Amarillo Sox LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Amarillo Sox have hired Russell Johnson to be the new Assistant General Manager and Adam Cox to be the new Director of Sales and Marketing. Both are Amarillo natives, with Johnson being a graduate of Caprock High School and Cox a graduate of Amarillo High School. Continue reading

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Joplin Residents Will Get Their Say Over Proposed Ballpark Renovation for Diablos

El Paso Diablos LogoJoplin (MO) residents on Monday will have an opportunity to comment on a proposal that the city spend $4 million to renovate Joe Becker Stadium to bring the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) to town.  Read more here.

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Contractor for New St. Paul Ballpark Hires Three Subcontractors

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe Ryan Companies, the design-build contractor behind a $63 million ballpark in lowertown St. Paul for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), has hired three Minnesota companies as subcontractors, including Hunt Electric, Schadegg Mechanical Inc. and Skyline Fire Protection.  Read more here.

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Diablos Owners Confident They Can Make It Work in Joplin

El Paso Diablos LogoThe owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) who want to relocate the franchise to Joplin (MO) say they are confident they can generate enough support for the team to make the renovation of Joe Becker Stadium worthwhile.  Read more here.

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Laven to Remain as RailCats GM in 2014

Gary SouthShore RailCats LogoPete Laven, president of Salvi Sports Enterprises, took over the role of interim general manager of the indy pro Gary SouthShore RailCats (American Association) in September after GM Kevin Spudic left the team.  Laven has reportedly informed team owner Pat Salvi that he’ll keep the job through the 2014.  Read more here.

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Saints Tap Levy Restaurants as Exclusive Restaurant Partner for Lowertown Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – The new Saints Ballpark, opening in 2015, will be home to a festive fan atmosphere, “off-the-wall” promotions, family fun and an exceptional game day dining experience. To welcome fans with food and beverage service befitting the quality of the new ballpark, the Saints have named Levy Restaurants as their exclusive dining and hospitality partner. Continue reading

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Unified Government Vote Opens Door to Purchase of T-Bones Ballpark

Kansas City T-Bones LogoA procedural vote Thursday night cleared the way for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City (KS) to buy privately owned CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones (American Association).  Read more here.

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Joplin Votes to Move Forward with Negotiations with Diablos

El Paso Diablos LogoThe Joplin (MO) City Council voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to move forward to develop a performance agreement with WLD Suarez LLC, the owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association), to redevelop Joe Becker Stadium and bring the franchise to town.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Joplin Will Vote on MOU with Diablos Monday

El Paso Diablos LogoA formal vote Monday by the Joplin (MO) City Council on a memorandum of understanding with WLD Suarez LLC, the owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association), to redevelop Joe Becker Stadium will determine whether the city will pursue further negotiations to bring the franchise to town.  Read more here.

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Olander Named EVP of Business Operations for Canaries

Sioux Falls Canaries Logo 2013Sioux Falls Sports, LLC announced today that Jim Olander has been named Executive Vice President of Business Operations of the indy pro Sioux Falls Canaries (American Association) baseball team and Sioux Falls Stampede (United States Hockey League) hockey team.  He previously served as Vice President of Broadcast & Marketing for both clubs.  Read more here.

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