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Rock Cats Avert Eviction, Pay Tax Bill

New Britain Rock Cats LogoJosh 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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BayBears GM: Stadium in Serious Need of Upgrades

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoWhen 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.

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Hartford Panel Hears from Ballpark Bidders

New Britain Rock Cats LogoAn 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.

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‘Venue at the Ballpark’ Next to Regions Field Under Construction

Birmingham Barons LogoVenue at the Ballpark, a multimillion dollar Inland American Communities venture located near Regions Field, home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League), is under construction.  Read more here.  View rendering gallery here.

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Hartford Council Approves Ballpark Land Purchase

New Britain Rock Cats LogoThe 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.

New Britain Rock Cats New Hartford Stadium Rendering

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Parent Club Executive: Keep Richmond Ballpark Plan Simple

Richmond Flying SquirrelsBobby Evans, vice president and general manager for the San Francisco Giants, the parent club for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League), is advocating for a streamlined approach that could create a more direct path to a new ballpark with the potential of generating surrounding development.  Read more here.

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Three of Four Hartford Ballpark Proposals Meet Criteria

New Britain Rock Cats LogoThree 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.

Newman Architects rendering from Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.

Newman Architects rendering from Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.

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Hartford Receives Four Ballpark Development Proposals

New Britain Rock Cats LogoHartford 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 hereWatch news report about the possible relocation of Thomas Hooker Brewery to the site here.

Newman Architects rendering from Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.

Newman Architects rendering provided by Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.

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Rock Cats Deliquent on Paying Property Taxes

New Britain Rock Cats LogoNew 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

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Sea Dogs to Host 2015 Eastern League All-Star Game, Logo Unveiled

Eastern League LogoPortland Sea Dogs LogoPRESS 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

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Still Working on Ballpark Lease Commitment in Richmond

Richmond Flying SquirrelsRichmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones still doesn’t have a firm lease commitment from the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) for a new baseball stadium proposed in Shockoe Bottom, but the team’s owners say they are making progress toward an agreement.  Read more here.

Richmond Flying Squirrels Shockoe Bottom Plan

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Broker Being Sought to Sell Naming Rights to Pensacola Ballpark

Pensacola Blue Wahoos LogoEd 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.

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Biloxi Council Approves Ballpark Construction Bid

Biloxi Baseball Double BConstruction of the new MGM Ballpark in Biloxi (MS) for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) could get underway as soon as mid August, as the city council approved a trimmed-down construction bid Tuesday.  Read more here and here.

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Pig Smooching Raises Nearly $40K

Richmond Flying SquirrelsPRESS RELEASE – The Richmond Flying Squirrels Charities, the non-profit foundation of the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are pleased to announce that the inaugural Smooch-A-Pig charity fundraising campaign raised nearly $40,000 for Richmond area youth athletics. Continue reading

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RubberDucks Announce ‘Return of the King (LeBron James) Burger’

Akron Rubber Ducks Duck Foot SecondaryPRESS RELEASE – The Akron RubberDucks announced today a new addition to the popular “Extreme Foods” menu.

Akron RubberDucks Return of the King Burger
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Biloxi Ballpark Budget Trimmed, Time to Move Ahead

Biloxi Baseball Double BThe 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.

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The Business of Baseball in Harrisburg

Harrisburg  Senators Secondary LogoThis 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.

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Home of Suns to be Home of Pro Soccer Too

Jacksonville Suns LogoJacksonville ArmadaThe Jacksonville Armada (North American Soccer League), set to debut in 2015, announced it will play its games at the Baseball Grounds for the first three seasons.  The ballpark his home of the Double-A Jacksonville Suns (Southern League).  Read more here.

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Hartford Drops Public Financing Plan for New Ballpark, Will Seek Private Investment

New Britain Rock Cats LogoHartford 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.

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Biloxi Ballpark Bids Come in Over Budget, Name-the-Team Contest Ends, Huntsville Wants New Team

Biloxi Baseball Double BBiloxi (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.

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Time to Build in Biloxi, Construction Bids Will be Opened Wednesday

Biloxi Baseball Double BBids 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.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering

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Hartford Issues RFP for Downtown North Development

New Britain Rock Cats LogoDespite 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 hereView RFP hereLearn more about the Downtown North development here.

New Britain Rock Cats New Hartford Stadium Rendering

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RubberDucks to Pay Tribute to The Black Keys with Bobblehead Saturday

Akron Rubber Ducks Duck Foot SecondaryOn 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.

TBK RF Album

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: (A Goodbye to) Joe Davis Stadium (Huntsville, AL)

Huntsville Stars LogoMLB.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

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: AT&T Field (Chattanooga, TN)

Chattanooga_LookoutsMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited AT&T Field, home of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here

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RubberDucks Not Going Middle of the Road with Chrissie Hynde Bobblehead Saturday

Akron Rubber Ducks Duck Foot SecondaryOn 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.

Akron RubberDucks Chrissie Hynde Bobblehead 6.28.14

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It’s the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and Dwight Gooden for 19th Annual Rickwood Classic Set for June 25

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS 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

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Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan Not Dead

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe withdrawn proposal for a new baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom will return.  Today, Mayor Dwight Jones made it clear he was not going to back away from the Shockoe ballpark plan.  In May, the mayor took his proposal off the table before City Council members had a chance to shoot it down.  Read more and watch news report here.

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SeaWolves Celebrate 20th Anniversary Tonight

Erie SeaWolves New Full LogoThe 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.

Erie SeaWolves 20th Anniversary

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Eastern League Cold Water Challenge for Charity

Eastern League LogoGeneral 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 hereWatch Erie SeaWolves GM accept challenge hereWatch Akron RubberDucks GM accept challenge hereWatch Trenton GM accept challenge here.  Okay, you get the picture.  Thanks to Michael Nolan for the heads up.

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RoughRiders Announce Sale of Franchise

Frisco Roughriders Secondary MarkPRESS 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

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, TX)

Corpus Christi Hooks LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League).  Read more and view photos here.

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RubberDucks Being Good to Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh with Bobblehead Saturday

Akron Rubber Ducks Duck Foot SecondaryOn 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.

Akron RubberDucks Joe Walsh Bobblhead 6.14.14

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Biloxi Enters Final Phase of Name the Team Contest

Biloxi Baseball Double BThe 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.

Biloxi Baseball Name the Team Six Finalists

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)

San Antonio Missions LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Wolff Stadium, home of the Double-A San Antonio Missions (Texas League).  Read more and view photos here.

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SeaWolves Host First Downtown Block Party of the Summer

Erie SeaWolves LogoThe Double-A Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League) hosted the the first Downtown Block Party of the summer at Jerry Uht Park Thursday.  Party goers enjoyed the music of M4, a band of young people who are members of the Rock School at World of MusicRead more hereView slideshow here.

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Naturals See Attendance Bump with Walmart Shareholders in Town

Northwest Arkansas Naturals LogoWith 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.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals Thunder Chickens June 6 at

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Rock Cats to Hartford: The New Ballpark Planning Study

New Britain Rock Cats LogoFor 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 hereView New Ballpark Planning Study here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Security Bank Ballpark (Midland, TX)

Midland Rockhounds LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Security Bank Ballpark, home of the Double-A Midland RockHounds  (Texas League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Rock Cats Moving to New $60M Stadium in Hartford

New Britain Rock Cats LogoIn a deal announced Wednesday, the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) will be moving from New Britain (CT) to a new $60-million ballpark just north of downtown Hartford (CT) in time for the 2016 season.  Read more here.  Some folks in New Britain aren’t too happy.  Read more here.

New Britain Rock Cats New Hartford Stadium Rendering

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