On Wednesday, the indy pro Can-Am League announced the Newark Bears would not be returning next season, but co-owner Danielle Dronet said Friday the struggling franchise will take the field for the 2014 season. According to NJ.com, Dronet said the following:
“We have a couple of opportunities that we are evaluating and exploring,” said Dronet, who co-owns the baseball team with her partner, Douglas Spiel. Asked to confirm if the team would play she said, “I’m pretty positive that yes, in some capacity, yes.”
Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball commissioner Miles Wolff announced on Wednesday that the league will play as one of four divisions in the American Association for the 2014 season. Can-Am League players Continue reading
Miles Wolff, the commissioner of the indy pro Can-Am League, says he has spoken with people interested in owning an Ottawa (ON) expansion franchise, but his priority is formalizing a lease for Ottawa Stadium. Wolff expects to have local owners lined up within three or four months. Read more here.
Paul Cantiani says the new summer collegiate Futures League team in Worcester ought to listen to his advice to make sure the franchise is profitable. Cantiani, who has operated Cantiani Insurance Agency in the area for over 40 years, was involved with the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) when it was launched in 2005. Cantiani reportedly parted ways with the Continue reading
The Ottawa City Council on Wednesday approved a deal to lease Ottawa Stadium to the indy pro Can-Am League for at least 10 years. A new franchise is slated to take the field for 50 home games starting in 2015. Read more here. Read league press release here.
Al Dorso Sr., president of the State Fair Meadowlands, said Wednesday that he is heading up a team of six investors purchasing vacant Skylands Park baseball stadium in Augusta (NJ). One of the investors is Nick Corrado, owner of a shopping mall and cousin of the late actor James Gandolfini. Dorso hopes to attract a minor league baseball team by the 2015 season. Read more here. UPDATE: Stadium sold for $850,000. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the links.
Dave Peterson, the former on-field emcee for the defunct indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) has been hired to be the general manager of the new summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League franchise in Worcester (MA). Read more here.
In an article in the Ottawa Citizen today unveiling more details about the city’s decision to pursue an economical indy pro Can-Am League franchise for Ottawa Stadium instead of a pricey Double-A Eastern League club, Commissoner Miles Wolff said the Can-Am League has “a new ballpark in the works in Pennsylvania.” Read more here. Maybe we’re still talking Phoenixville? Thanks to John Cerone for the Ottawa link.
Members of the Ottawa City Council’s finance and economic development committee voted Tuesday to direct staff to enter into negotiations with the indy pro Can-Am League to lease Ottawa Stadium for a new Can-Am League franchise starting in 2015. Read more here.
Ottawa (ON) Mayor Jim Watson announced late Tuesday that a staff report to be presented to the city’s financial and economic development committee Oct. 1 recommends approving an offer from the indy pro Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball to lease Ottawa Stadium. Read more here. Read press release here.
Many teams celebrate Irish heritage or St. Patrick’s Day during the season, even down to the little summer collegiate Willmar Stingers (Northwoods League) with green jerseys, green bases, green beer, and more, but we were drawn to the jerseys the indy pro New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am League) plan to wear and auction off tonight at Yogi Berra Stadium. Nice job. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
Brockton Enterprise staff writer Morgan True takes a look at the Brockton Rox’s attendance and financials two seasons after jumping from the indy pro Can-Am League to the summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – The Rockland Boulders are inviting all baseball fans who want to support the on-going fight to eliminate PEDs from the game of baseball to A Night of Rods on Thursday, August 8th when the Boulders host the Wichita Wingnuts at 7PM at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, NY. Continue reading
After three years of on-and-off talks, the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League) have locked in a deal to have eight of their home games broadcast live this season. Thursday’s series opener against the indy pro Winnipeg Goldeyes (American Association) will be the first-ever televised game in franchise history. Read more here. View schedule and read more from the Boulders here.
The indy pro New Jersey Jackals’ (Can-Am League) Jack the Jackal and the Jack Pack introduced the fireworks show at Yogi Berra Stadium this past Saturday night dancing to Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. Watch video here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – Panasonic Eco Solutions North America announces that it has installed new, cutting-edge LED videoboards at the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in partnership with the Newark Bears. The stadium is in the same city soon to be the new home of Panasonic’s North American headquarters – Newark, New Jersey. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – For the third straight season, the Boulders will be hosting Commemorative Coin Night, sponsored by Clarkstown Coin and Jewelry. This season’s coin giveaway will be held on Saturday, June 15 when Rockland hosts the New Jersey Jackals at Provident Bank Park in a 6:30 pm start, and features team mascot BoulderBird, as part of BB’s Birthday Celebration. The festive Continue reading
Founder and CEO of the indy pro Atlantic League Frank Boulton said he is interested in bringing professional baseball back to Worcester (MA) as part of a new developmental league he plans to announce in mid-June. He emphasized that the new league will not be associated with the Atlantic League. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Federal authorities are reportedly investigating whether Ramapo’s (NY) Local Development Corp. falsely claimed assets it did not have to back the refinancing of bonds, including the $25 million bond for Provident Bank Park, home of the independent professional Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League). Read more here. View photo of federal raid here.
PRESS RELEASE – As part of the Can-Am League’s preseason exhibition schedule, the Quebec Capitales and Trois-Rivieres Aigles will meet in the first-ever Quebec Baseball Classic on Saturday, May 11 at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park at 7:30 p.m. Continue reading
Mark Roscioli Jr., owner of real estate investment firm 17 Mile LLC, continues to explore his options for a primary baseball tenant at Skylands Park after finalizing a deal to purchase the facility for $950,000. After learning that the park’s annual property tax liability has been lowered from $120,000+ to $30,000, we have more confidence in this effort. Read more here. Thanks to Johnny Regan for the story.
In positive new for the possible return of baseball to Sussex County (NJ), the sale of Skylands Park to Ardmore (PA)-based real estate investment firm 17 Mile LLC indeed closed on Friday, March 15. The facility sold for $950,000, plus $160,000 in overdue taxes and related fees. Skylands is the former home of the Single-A New Jersey Cardinals (New York-Penn League) and indy pro Sussex Skyhawks Continue reading
As real estate investment firm 17 Mile LLC looks to close next Friday on a deal to acquire Skylands Park, Steve Kalafer, chairman of the indy pro Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League), firmly dismissed any notion of an ABL feeder team coming Sussex County. More broadly, according to the New Jersey Herald, Kalafer issued a statement late Thursday saying “there is no value at this Continue reading
The deal to sell Skylands Park in Sussex County (NJ) to real estate investment firm 17 Mile is apparently not dead after all. Mark Roscioli, owner of Ardmore (PA)-based 17 Mile, says the closing has been rescheduled for Friday, March 15. Read more here.
After coming to terms earlier this month on the pending transfer of ownership of Skylands Park, the parties to the deal said last Thursday that the sale of the 4,200-seat ballpark, which was scheduled to be finalized on March 1, is apparently a no go. Read more here and here. Thanks to John Cerone for the story.
While the deal is not yet finalized, Ardmore (PA)-based 17 Mile LLC plans to buy vacant Skylands Park in Sussex County (NJ) for $950,000. The group is reportedly in negotiations with two separate baseball outfits to find a team to play at the stadium beginning in 2014. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Quebec Capitales have unveiled logos commemorating the franchise’s 15th anniversary, as well as the 75th anniversary of the club’s ballpark, Stade de Quebec. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Brockton Rox have been named the 2012 FCBL Organization of the Year after setting a league attendance record with 41,141 total fans and averaging 1,714 fans per night. Continue reading
Because of “extremely favorable interest rates,” the Rockland Local Development Corp. is working to refinance $25 million in short-term bonds issued to build Provident Bank Park for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League). Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
As we posted last week, Skylands Park in Frankford Township (NJ) is going on the auction block today to cover $57,277 in back taxes owed by Millennium Sports Management. However, Millennium is expected to pay the taxes and redeem the property, as the organization has apparently found a potential buyer for the property. In addition, the indy pro Atlantic League is still exploring the facility for use by Continue reading
Skylands Park, the former home of the indy pro Sussex SkyHawks (Can-Am League) and Single-A New Jersey Cardinals (New York-Penn League), is going up for auction on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to satisfy a $57,277.43 tax lien placed on the property by Frankford Township. We assume Millennium Sports Management, the owner of the ballpark, could still Continue reading
Currently vacant Skylands Park, former home of the defunct indy pro Sussex SkyHawks (Can-Am League) and relocated Single-A New Jersey Cardinals (New York-Penn League), will reportedly be connected to the new sewer system being built in Frankford Township (NJ). This appears to send a signal that the ballpark will live to fight another day, if a new tenant can be found. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
The city of Worcester, the College of the Holy Cross, and Hanover Insurance have agreed to put off replacing the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) at Hanover Insurance Park until 2014. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Trois-Rivieres Aigles, the newest member of the Can-Am League, introduced former major-leaguer Pierre-Luc “Pete” Laforest as the club’s field manager at a press conference held at the Salon des Jeux de Trois-Rivieres on Wednesday. The team also used the opportunity to release its logos and branding. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – American Association and Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff will be inducted into the province of Quebec’s Baseball Hall of Fame during the Baseball Quebec annual meetings in Quebec City on Saturday, November 3. Continue reading
While the indy pro Can-Am League works to hold the market held by the terminated Worcester Tornadoes with a replacement franchise at Hanover Insurance Park, John Creedon Jr., the owner of a Worcester-based catering and tent-rental company, says he has secured the rights to bring a summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Continue reading
The indy pro Can-Am League has extended its Oct. 2 deadline until the end of the month to allow Baltimore businessman Daniel DiGiacomo to put together an ownership group to launch a replacement franchise for the Worcester Tornadoes, which were booted from the league over financial troubles. The city appears to be taking a very cautious approach to bringing a new team into Continue reading
The indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League) announced Monday that Justin Bieber would make an appearance at a fundraiser for charity at Riverfront Stadium the end of October. When Bieber’s publicist was asked about the show, she dismissed it as “pure fiction.” This afternoon, the Newark Bears tweeted the following: Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – International pop sensation Justin Bieber and Owner/CEO/GM Danielle Dronet host as a special event at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J., as part of the Newark Bears’ second annual “Stadium of Screams” in support of the Newark Bears That Care Foundation. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff announced on Wednesday the addition of the Trois-Rivieres (Quebec) Aigles to the league for the 2013 season. Continue reading