At a Virginia Beach (VA) City Council meeting Tuesday night, council members voted 10-0 to approve a plan for Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC to build a new baseball stadium for an indy pro Atlantic League franchise near the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Read more and watch news report here.
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PRESS RELEASE – The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will retire Sparky Lyle‘s number 28 during the 2014 season. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – This season’s Opening Day theme (Thursday, April 24 vs. Camden, 6:30 p.m.) will carry through the entire 2014 season at Santander Stadium as the team has unveiled a promotional schedule featuring numerous celebrity appearances and entertainment acts never before seen in Downtown York. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. (“ALPB”) today announced that Rick White, former Major League Baseball executive, has been named Atlantic League President. In his role White will supervise all League business affairs as the League enters the next major phase of its strategic growth plan. Continue reading
The group wanting to build a new $50 million, 5,000-seat ballpark near the Virginia Beach Sportsplex for an indy pro Atlantic League franchise will present their plan to the city council on Tuesday. The council is set to vote on the deal February 11. If approved, Virginia Beach Professional Baseball LLC hopes to start construction in June and have the fields and stadium completed by June 2015. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Bridgeport Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard has officially requested that Peyton Manning call out and use “Bridgeport” as an audible during Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday. Manning’s “Omaha” play call has been receiving much attention, fueling speculation of its meaning. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – York Professional Baseball Club LLC, owner and operator of the York Revolution, announced today that it has agreed to purchase WOYK AM 1350 from WOYK, Inc., the radio station’s current licensee. Continue reading
Citing missed payments, a bank that helped finance the development of Campbell’s Field, home of the indy pro Camden Riversharks (Atlantic League), is suing to recover $4.6 million in loans. CFDA Baseball Property Inc., which took out the loans, and the Riversharks ownership group, the guarantor of the loans, have been named in the suit. Read more here and here. Thanks to John Cerone for the links.
Jon Danos, partner, president and CEO for Opening Day Partners (ODP), the owner of the indy pro Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League), has moved to Houston to work on plans for the league to add more teams in Texas. ODP also owns the Sugar Land Skeeters — the circuit’s lone franchise in the Lone Star State. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Loudoun Hounds announce that due to stadium delays and changes in senior management the Hounds will not be playing baseball in 2014. Continue reading
A month after it was announced that the Temple University Owls would play their home conference games at Campbell’s Field in Camden (NJ), home of the independent professional Camden Riversharks (Atlantic League, Temple’s Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from athletic director Kevin Clark to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports, including the school’s history Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The world was deeply saddened to have lost Nelson Mandela yesterday, who was such a great leader and inspirational character to many around the globe. He was a tremendous influence in the sports community as well, which is why the Bridgeport Bluefish will recognize Mandela during the teams 2014 season by placing a “remembrance” in the stadium at The Ballpark Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday, December 8, the Sugar Land Skeeters will host the 2013 Winter Fest from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Constellation Field. All children 12 and under, as well as Skeeters season ticket holders, gain FREE entry to the event. General admission cost is $5, with a portion of every ticket purchased benefitting Child Advocates of Fort Bend in support of abused and neglected children in the Continue reading
Chris English, chairman of the Brockton 21st Century Corp. and former owner of the defunct indy pro Nashua Pride (Atlantic League) from 1998-2004, was introduced as the new owner of the summer collegiate Brockton Rox (Futures Collegiate Baseball League) at press conference on Monday. Read more and view photos here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced the alignments of its Liberty and Freedom Divisions for the 2014 season. The Somerset Patriots will join the Long Island Ducks, Camden Riversharks and Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division; the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will join the Sugar Land Skeeters, Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution Continue reading
While there is no new ballpark news here, councillor-at-large candidates in Malden (MA) discussed what they would like to see done with the National Grid property where a 6,500-seat minor league baseball park has been proposed. Read more here.
After eight-plus years of life, several hundred ballgames and many other events, the entire grass surface at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the indy pro Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League), is being revamped for the first time since the stadium opened in May 2005. Read more here.
Chris English, chairman of the Brockton 21st Century Corp. and former owner of the defunct indy pro Nashua Pride (Atlantic League) from 1998-2004, is the new owner of the summer collegiate Brockton Rox (Futures Collegiate Baseball League). English has already begun investing money in the field at Campanelli Stadium. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League have announced a multitude of staff changes heading into the offseason spanning throughout the entire Front Office. Continue reading
The indy pro York Revolution (Atlantic League) on Thursday retired “Sovereign Bank Stadium” by peeling back a canvas sign to unveil their ballpark’s new name and logo. Read more and view photo here.
The indy pro Atlantic League announced Tuesday the recipients for the 2013 Atlantic League Post-Season Awards. The award recipients were selected by a committee comprised of all eight general managers from each of the Atlantic League ball clubs. The honorees are listed below: Continue reading
Frank Boulton, CEO of the indy pro Atlantic League, expects to add at least two teams to the circuit in 2015, including one in Texas and another in Virginia (assuming the Loudoun Hounds ballpark doesn’t open in 2014, or the Virginia Beach project comes together). Read more here.
While the earth is churning in Loudoun County (VA) where a new ballpark will house the indy pro Loudoun Hounds (Atlantic League), team CEO Bob Farren said they have experienced some “curve balls” that will push the facility’s opening to a date beyond Opening Day 2014. Read more here. The team may play at a temporary location until the stadium in finished. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Somerset Patriots unveiled a permanent tribute to Prisoners Of War and soldiers Missing In Action at TD Bank Ballpark. The Somerset Patriots are the first professional sports team in New Jersey to dedicate a “POW/MIA Chair Of Honor” in recognition of the men and women who served our country and did not return home. Continue reading
The indy pro York Revolution (Atlantic League) are holding Boy Scout Night on Friday, Aug. 9 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The players will be wearing specially designed Scout-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game. Proceeds will benefit the Boy Scouts of America’s New Birth of Freedom Council.
Because of ongoing negotiations over the acquisition of three parcels of land necessary to move forward with the proposed new ballpark in Malden (MA) for an indy pro Atlantic League franchise, construction is now targeted to begin in the fall of 2014 for an opening in 2016. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The York Revolution has named Nate Tile Vice President of Business Development, filling a vacant position. In that role he will be responsible for developing strategy and tactics to continue to build the Revolution’s advertising, sponsorship and group hospitality sales, and for serving and developing major sponsorship accounts. Continue reading
Forbes reporter Tom Van Riper profiles Frank Boulton, founder and CEO of the indy pro Atlantic League and owner of the circuit’s Long Island Ducks, in a story called “Bush League Bonanza: Frank Boulton Builds An Empire In Baseball’s Minors.” Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE - The First Half Freedom Division Champion Sugar Land Skeeters announced today that the Atlantic League Board of Directors has awarded Constellation Field the privilege of hosting the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. (ALPB) today announced following its annual All-Star Game Board of Directors meeting that a search committee consisting of members of the Board of Directors has been formed to seek a new League President. Continue reading
Carl Barbati, sports editor for the New Jersey Herald, takes a look at the current Skylands Park situation and the hope, or lack thereof, for indy pro ball returning to the stadium any time soon. He talks about the state of the resuscitated Northern league and futilely (for a second time) brings up the Atlantic League as an option. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – The Lancaster Barnstormers will rebrand, but they will do it for just one night. On June 28, Lancaster’s Atlantic League entry will be known as the Hex, also a name paying tribute to the area’s rich Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. In fact, the hex symbol has been on some of the team’s uniforms over the years. Now, it has a chance to step to the forefront. Continue reading
The first 2,000 fans at the indy pro Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League) game on Thursday, June 27, will receive a replica of TD Bank Ballpark. Toy Story characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear will also be making an appearance. More info here. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
“Worcester’s chances of being part of the six teams that we announce in August are very good.”
Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Houston Press blogger John Royal takes a look at possible expansion of the indy pro Atlantic League in the Houston area, particularly The Woodlands. Read more here. Thank to John Cerone for the link.
Opening Day Partners (OPD) Chairman Frank Kirk said the indy pro Atlantic League is looking to add up to two new minor league baseball teams around Houston to begin building a four-team western division for the circuit. OPD owns and operates the league’s Sugar Land Skeeters 25 miles southwest of Houston. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.