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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PRESS RELEASE – The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, welcomed the 8 millionth fan in franchise history Wednesday night as the Sea Dogs hosted the New Britain Rock Cats at 5:00 PM. Jane Charron from Falmouth, Maine was the lucky fan, who was attending the game with her family. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Because it’s too predictable to celebrate round-numbers and a 21st anniversary seems to be the perfect occasion to “legally” celebrate everybody’s favorite bar-based television show, the Altoona Curve will host “Cheers Night” on Tuesday, May 20 when they play the Akron RubberDucks in a 6:30 game. The final episode of “Cheers” aired on May 20, 1993. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Thunder announced today that John Rodgers has been named the new Director, Broadcasting/Corporate Sales and will make his debut on the Thunder Radio Network at this Thursday’s game against the Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia). The broadcast will begin at 6:45pm on 91.3 FM and trentonthunder.com with game time at ARM & HAMMER Park slated for 7:05pm. Continue reading
Slugger, the mascot for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League), is walking 114 miles from Boston’s Fenway Park to Portland’s Hadlock Field to raise awareness for Tourette syndrome. Slugger left Fenway on Sunday at noon en route to Hadlock. He is expected to arrive on Thursday in time for the Sea Dogs’ 6 p.m. game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Read more here. Watch video here. Follow Slugger on Facebook here.
The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers will be celebrated as usual throughout baseball with ceremonies today. Some teams, like the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League), have had to postpone their tribute until Wednesday because of rain. Read more here.
Mike Munson, son of Yankee great Thurman Munson, threw out the first pitch last Wednesday at the new field at 25-year-old, 5,700-seat Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton (OH). No longer having a professional baseball team to call Munson home, the city in 2011 leased the facility for $1 a year to the OMSBL, which, in exchange for revenue, manages and Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Trenton Thunder fans, consider this your advance notice: you’ll want to come to the ballpark hungry this season. The team announced many new additions to the ARM & HAMMER Park concession offerings on Wednesday including a new signature “Thunder Dog”, pizza from a wood-fired oven, a “mega” nacho stand and chicken sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Bowie Baysox announce today the full promotional schedule for the 2014 season. The schedule includes 18 fireworks nights, a number of family-friendly events, multiple giveaways, recurring weekday events and a wide variety of fun theme nights. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Akron RubberDucks announced today a naming contest for the new duck mascot, which is set to be unveiled on Opening Night, April 10 at Canal Park (vs. Bowie, 6:35 p.m.). The winner will receive season tickets and a chance to participate in the unveiling ceremony. Continue reading