Josh Solomon, owner of the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League), showed up at city hall Wednesday afternoon with a check for $164,569, paying off the tax bill on New Britain Stadium and keeping the team’s lease valid. Read more here.
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When the Double-A Mobile BayBears (Southern League) return to Hank Aaron Stadium in April next year for the start of the 2015 season, they will arrive to the oldest baseball park in the Southern League. Chris Morgan, who was recently named the BayBears’ new general manager, wasted no time sounding the alarm for ballpark improvements. Read more here.
An advisory panel appointed by Hartford’s development director on Thursday heard presentations from the three bidders seeking to develop land north of the city’s downtown, a project that would include housing, retail space and a minor league ballpark. Three developers have bid on the project, though only two have broad plans for the area. Read more here.
The Hartford City Council moved forward with plans to build a new ballpark for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) by approving land purchases for both the stadium and the Downtown North development. Read more here.
Three of the four proposals submitted to develop Hartford’s Downtown North area and build a ballpark there have met the city’s criteria, according to a release from the mayor’s office Wednesday. Read more here.
Hartford city officials said Monday that they received four proposals to develop land north of downtown — a project that would include housing, retail and a 9,000-seat minor league baseball stadium. The deadline to submit proposals was 3 p.m. Friday. Read more here. Watch news report about the possible relocation of Thomas Hooker Brewery to the site here.
New Britain (CT) city attorneys put the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) on notice by certified mail Friday that they are in default of their lease agreement because they have not paid the city of Berlin (CT) $164,569 they owe in taxes. The Rock Cats owe Berlin taxes because some of the New Britain Stadium property straddles the town line. According to the New Britain mayor’s office, Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Portland Sea Dogs have been selected by the Eastern League to host the 2015 Eastern League All-Star Game. Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at Hadlock Field. The 2015 All-Star Classic, presented by Sullivan Tire, will be played on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015. Continue reading
Ed Spears, the Executive Director of Community Maritime Park Associates, say that work is underway to sell the naming rights to Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, home of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League), for between $250,000 and $500,000 (annually, we assume). The deadline for brokers to submit their proposals is August 25 at 2:00 p.m. Read more here.
The City of Biloxi (MS) has trimmed enough off of the cost of the planned minor league baseball stadium that it is now ready to move forward with construction, according to a release from the city Friday. Read more here.
This is not breaking news for those who pay attention to the business of baseball, particularly at the minor-league level, but PennLive blogger Dave Sottile takes a look at how fun and entertainment help drive attendance at Metro Bank Park, home of the Double-A Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League). Read more and view photos here.
Hartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers. Read more here.
Biloxi (MS) city officials learned Wednesday that the lowest contractor bid for a new stadium was at $32.27 million, some $5 million more than the initial budget. This could keep the team in Huntsville (AL) for the 2015 season. Read more here. Meanwhile, Biloxi Baseball’s name-the-team contest has eneded with 60,000 votes. Read more here. Meanwhile Huntsville wants new team. Read more here.
Bids will be opened Wednesday for construction of the minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League). Over the next nine months, South Mississippi will be witness to the birth of the stadium and a team. Read more here.
Despite voices of opposition, Hartford (CT) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for re-developing the Downtown North area of the city, which is slated to include a new baseball stadium for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League). Responses are due by August 1. Read more here. View RFP here. Learn more about the Downtown North development here.
On Saturday, July 5, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor The Black Keys, an American rock duo formed in Akron (OH) in 2001, with their very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get one. Watch The Black Keys perform a hit from their Rubber Factory album here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Joe Davis Stadium, home of the Biloxi (MS)-bound Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League). Read more and view photos here
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited AT&T Field, home of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League). Read more and view photos here
On Saturday, June 28, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor Akron’s (OH) own Chrissie Hynde, lead singer for The Pretenders, with her very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get a Chrissie. Watch Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders in action here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to legendary Rickwood Field for the 19th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance® and YP. Set for Wednesday, June 25th, the classic will celebrate the ‘Roaring Twenties’. The 12:30 p.m. contest will showcase the Birmingham Barons Continue reading
The Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League) will celebrate their 20th season tonight at Jerry Uht Park. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a commemorative poster. Read more here.
General mangers in the Double-A Eastern League are challenging each other to take a cold water dousing for charity. Watch New Britian Rock Cats GM accept challenge here. Watch Erie SeaWolves GM accept challenge here. Watch Akron RubberDucks GM accept challenge here. Watch Trenton GM accept challenge here. Okay, you get the picture. Thanks to Michael Nolan for the heads up.
PRESS RELEASE – Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC, owner of the Frisco RoughRiders, is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement with Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju for the sale of the Frisco RoughRiders franchise. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approvals of the Texas League and Minor League Baseball and the review of the Office Continue reading
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League). Read more and view photos here.
On Saturday, June 14, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks (Eastern League) will honor guitar hero Joe Walsh of the legendary band The Eagles with his very own bobblehead. This is part of the team’s series of Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways this season. Be at the park early, as only the first 1,000 fans will get the prize. Watch Joe Walsh and the James Game from 1971 here.
The name-the-team contest for the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) relocating to Biloxi (MS) is down to six finalists announced on June 2, including the Beacon, Black Jacks, Mullets, Schooners, Shrimpers or Shuckers. The voting continues for another week at BaseballBiloxi.com. Read more here and here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Wolff Stadium, home of the Double-A San Antonio Missions (Texas League). Read more and view photos here.
With about 14,000 Walmart shareholders converging on Bentonville (AR) for the company’s annual shareholders meeting Friday, the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League) in nearby Springdale saw an attendance bump at Arvest Park from 3,075 Wednesday to 6,393 Thursday. Friday should be a big night too, as the team brings back the “what could have been” Thunder Chickens. Read more here.
For those interested in ballpark feasibility research and analysis, Brailsford & Dunlavey, in partnership with Pendulum, handled the duties for Hartford (CT), as the “Insurance Capital of the World” sought to lure the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) 12 miles northeast to a new downtown Hartford ballpark. The report is dated February 18, 2014. Read more here. View New Ballpark Planning Study here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Security Bank Ballpark, home of the Double-A Midland RockHounds (Texas League). Read more and view photos here.