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Boulders Set to Welcome 500,000th Fan

Rockland BouldersPRESS RELEASE – As proof of the team’s ever growing popularity, the Rockland Boulders are preparing to welcome their 500,000th fan to Provident Bank Park in just its fourth season. While who the fan is, and when they will arrive, is still a mystery, a celebration is already in the works as the anticipated date is forecast for the weekend of July 18 to 20 when the Boulders host the Lincoln Saltdogs. Continue reading

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Boulders Unveil New ‘New York’ Road Jerseys

Rockland BouldersThe indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League) have unveiled new road jerseys that feature a blue “New York” across the chest, and numbers on the lower left side and back outlined in black.  The team will wear pants with a blue trim, along with a blue cap sporting a “NY” logo with the baseball from the Boulders primary logo flying through the two letters.

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It’s the ‘Ottawa Champions’

OttawaThe name for the indy pro Can-Am League expansion team that will take up residence at Ottawa Stadium in Ottawa (ON) next season will be known as the “Ottawa Champions.”  The name was announced at a press conference Monday.  Read more hereWatch news report here.

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Help Name the Proposed Can-Am League Franchise in Welland (Ontario)

Niagara Professional Baseball Club LogoPRESS RELEASE – Pirates, Stompers, AquaDucks, Stars, ???… what will be the name of the next professional baseball team in Niagara Region? Continue reading

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First-Year Bravehearts Prepare for Inaugural Home Opener Thursday

Worcester Bravehearts LogoThe summer collegiate Worcester Bravehearts, the latest entry in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, will play their first game at Torrington (CT) Wednesday against the Torrington Titans and take on the Pittsfield Suns Thursday in their home opener at Hanover Insurance Park.  Read more here.

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Former Field Manager Blames Owners for Bears Demise

Newark Bears LogoKen Oberkfell, former field manager of the now-defunct indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League), paints a depressing picture of bumbling mismanagement of the club by owners Douglas Spiel and his wife, Danielle Dronet.  Oberkfell is now field manager for the indy pro Lincoln SaltDogs (American Association).  Spiel and Dronet are reportedly no longer a couple.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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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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Mayor, Hall of Famer Stuck in Ottawa Stadium Elevator, Baseball Booster Complains About News Coverage

OttawaThe mayor of Ottawa (ON), Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins and others were stranded in an elevator at Ottawa Stadium for nearly an hour, as supporters of local youth teams, adult amateur baseball, and the new franchise from the indy pro Can-Am League gathered together for the city’s inaugural Baseball Day.  Read more here.  One booster wasn’t happy with the Ottawa Citizen’s coverage of the event.  Read more here.

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Newark Bears Hold Not-So-Successful Liquidation Sale

Newark Bears LogoThe now-defunct indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League) held a liquidation sale today at Riverfront Stadium in Newark (NJ).  As one attendee reported to us, owner Doug Spiel apparently stopped the auction after a mere 3 1/2 hours and said the remaining available items (only 10 percent sold, we hear) would be sold in lots for more money.  Attendees apparently weren’t too happy about the Continue reading

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No Public Marketplace for Skylands Park Property

Sussex Skyhawks LogoThe Frankford (NJ) Land Use Board voted 6-1 Wednesday night to deny an application that would have allowed the use of the currently vacant Skylands Park property as the site of a marketplace.  There has been no new news on the possibility of bringing baseball back to the still-vacant 4,200-seat ballpark.  The facility has been without a baseball team since the indy pro Sussex Skyhawks Continue reading

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Newark Bears Done?

Newark Bears LogoRumors were already out there that the indy pro Newark Bears would not be returning for the 2014 season.  Beyond the team’s absence from the Can-Am League website header and 2014 schedule, a liquidation sale and auction announcement was posted on the Bears Facebook page this afternoon. Continue reading

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Wolff Optimistic About Baseball in Ottawa

Can-Am League LogoThere is no owner and just one employee, but indy pro Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff is optimistic that there will be a baseball team in Ottawa Stadium next year.  Read more here.

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Ramapo, Feds Settle Environmental Lawsuit

Rockland BouldersRamapo (NY) has agreed to fork over a $125,000 fine and create 2.2 acres of new wetlands after admitting it broke federal environmental laws to pave way for a new ballpark for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League).  The project is still under investigation by the FBI over its financing.  Read more here.

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Events Beyond Baseball Targeted for Skylands Park

Frankford Township NJ SealAs one of the new owners of Skylands Park in Sussex County (NJ), Al Dorso Jr. knows he’s going to need more than just baseball to keep the place afloat.  While baseball is expected to be part of the stadium’s future, Dorso and his partners are working with Fastlane Communications, a New York City marketing firm, to develop events geared toward families and young people.  Read more here.

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Ottawa, Can-Am League Finalize Ballpark Lease

Can-Am League LogoSpeaking Wednesday as part of his “State of the City” address, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the municipality has signed a lease agreement with the indy pro Can-Am baseball league that will see a team play out of the Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road starting in 2015.  In his own words, the mayor said the following:

“I’m also pleased to announce this morning that we’ve signed a lease agreement with the CanAm League that will see baseball return to Ottawa next year.  We look forward to helping raise awareness and excitement in the months ahead, to ensure the team’s long-term success in our city.”

Read more hereView lease terms here.

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Assessing the Future of the Newark Bears

Newark Bears LogoSports communications-guru Joe Favorito takes a look at the current and future status of the hibernating (?) indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League), after team owners pulled the plug on the franchise for the 2014 season.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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New Stadiums Promise More Than Can Be Delivered?

Rockland BouldersWith a focus on the ballpark built for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League) in 2010-2011 and the minor league baseball stadium building boom from 1993-2003, Bloomberg takes a look at a select number of ballpark projects and the promises made to taxpayers to get them built.  Read more here.

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Newark Bears to Play Outside Can-Am League in 2014?

Newark Bears LogoOn 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.

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Can-Am League to Play as Division in Four Division American Association, Minus Newark Bears

Can-Am League AA and BearsPRESS 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

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Can-Am League Focused On Finalizing Ottawa Stadium Lease

Can-Am League LogoMiles 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.

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Cantiani: Listen to Me, Worcester Baseball

Futures Collegiate Baseball League LogoPaul 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

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Ottawa Council Approves Deal with Can-Am League

Can-Am League LogoThe 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 hereRead league press release here.

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Group Buying Skylands Park, Baseball Possible in 2015 (UPDATED)

Sussex Skyhawks LogoAl 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.

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Former Tornadoes Emcee Named GM of New Worcester Team

Futures Collegiate Baseball League LogoDave 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.

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New Can-Am League Ballpark Developing in Pennsylvania?

Can-Am League LogoIn 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.

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Council Committee: Begin Negotiations with Can-Am League

Can-Am League LogoMembers 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.

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Ottawa to Consider Can-Am League Recommendation

Can-Am League LogoOttawa (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 hereRead press release here.

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Jackals Celebrate Irish Heritage Tonight

New Jersey Jackals LogoMany 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.

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Two Seasons In, a Look at the ‘Summer Collegiate’ Brockton Rox

Brockton Rox Main LogoBrockton 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.

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Rockland Boulders Fight PEDs With ‘A Night of Rods’

Rockland BouldersPRESS 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

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Boulders Ink Cable Television Deal

Rockland BouldersAfter 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 hereView schedule and read more from the Boulders here.

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A Thriller at Yogi Berra Stadium

New Jersey Jackals LogoThe 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 ThrillerWatch video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Panasonic Partners with New Neighbors Newark Bears to Enhance Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium

Newark Bears LogoPRESS 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

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Boulders Unveil Commemorative Coin

Rockland BouldersPRESS 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

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Worcester Could Join Ranks of New Developmental League

Worcester SealFounder 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.

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Feds Investigating Ramapo Ballpark Refinancing

Rockland BouldersFederal 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 hereView photo of federal raid here.

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Pro Baseball Returns to Montreal With Aigles, Capitales

Quebec BaseballPRESS 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

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New Owner of Skylands Explores Options, Lower Annual Property Tax Bill Should Help

Sussex Skyhawks LogoMark 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.

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Skylands Park Sold

Sussex Skyhawks LogoIn 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

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Skylands Deal to Close Next Thursday, Patriots Chairman Rejects Idea of ABL2 Feeder Circuit

Atlantic League LogoAs 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

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