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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sea Dogs Welcome 8 Millionth Fan

Portland Sea Dogs LogoPRESS 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

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Majority of Council Members to Vote Against Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Plan Today?

Richmond Flying SquirrelsFive members of Richmond (VA) City Council reportedly now say they plan on voting against the Shockoe Bottom ballpark plan when it comes up for consideration during Tuesday’s Council meeting.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Devo Bobblehead First of Four Rock ‘N’ Bobbles, Band Member to Appear for Charity

Akron Rubber Ducks Duck Foot SecondaryPRESS RELEASE – The Akron RubberDucks will be hosting a VIP meet-and-greet with DEVO’s Bob Mothersbaugh to benefit the family of the late Bob Casale at the newly-constructed Fowl Territory in Canal Park during the May 24 game vs. Reading Fightin’ Phils at 6:35 p.m.

Akron RubberDucks DEVO Bobblehead and Meet and Geet
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Funding for Shockoe Bottom Ballpark Restored

Richmond Flying SquirrelsRichmond (VA) Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the City Council announced a budget deal Monday that restores most of the funding for the mayor’s plan for a Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League).  The mayor had threatened to veto a council attempt to reallocate $12.6 million tied to the Shockoe development plan.  Read more here.

Richmond Flying Squirrels Shockoe Bottom Plan

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Curve to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of ‘Cheers’ Finale

Altoona Curve Engineer LogoPRESS 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

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15-Year MiLB Veteran Joines Thunder Broadcast Team

Trenton Thunder LogoPRESS 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

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Slugger Walking 114 Miles From Fenway Park to Hadlock Field for Cause

Portland Sea Dogs LogoSlugger, 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 hereWatch video hereFollow Slugger on Facebook here.

Slugger walks from Fenway to Hadlock, Slugger Facebook page

Slugger walks from Fenway to Hadlock, Slugger Facebook page

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Alternative Richmond Ballpark Proposal Dead?

Richmond Flying SquirrelsIt doesn’t appear as though the city of Richmond (VA) will have an alternative to Mayor Dwight Jones’ Shockoe Bottom baseball proposal, after a trio of Chesterfield developers sent a letter to city officials seemingly pulling the plug on their privately-funded proposal to build a new ballpark on the Boulevard.  Read more here.

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Flying Squirrels Owner Issues Statement In Response to Boulevard Ballpark Proposal

Richmond Flying SquirrelsPRESS RELEASE – Please see the following statement from Richmond Flying Squirrels’ President & Managing General Partner Lou DiBella regarding ballpark planning: Continue reading

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New Privately Funded Ballpark Plan Reportedly on Deck in Richmond (UPDATED)

Richmond Flying SquirrelsIn sharp contrast to the Shockoe Bottom development plan that would be anchored by a new baseball stadium for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League), Richmond city council members have reportedly confirmed that a development group has offered to build a new ballpark on the Boulevard without using taxpayer dollars.  Read more hereWatch news report here.  UPDATE:  A Midlothian-based company is behind the plan.

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Celebrating Jackie Robinson Day

Major League Baseball LogoThe 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.

Portland Sea Dogs Jackie Robinson Day

 

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Canton’s Thurman Munson Stadium Still Alive and Kicking

Canton Crocodiles 2Mike 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

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Shockoe Bottom Historic-Review Process Underway

Richmond Flying SquirrelsA voluntary historic review of the Shockoe Bottom site slated for the proposed new ballpark for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) is underway.  The process is projected to take three months for documentary research and expert review, followed by four months of archaeological excavation.  Preparing a final report and educational materials on the findings will take about 18 months.  Read more here.

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Thunder Introduce New Food Items for 2014 Season

Trenton Thunder LogoPRESS 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

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New Items Join ‘Exteme Foods’ Menu at Canal Park

Akron Rubber Ducks Duck Foot SecondaryPRESS RELEASE – The Akron RubberDucks announced today a new, giant entrée and an adults-only dessert will be joining its popular “Extreme Foods” menu, and a new, tasty lineup of ice-cream “Duck Floats” will be coming to Canal Park concessions stands for the 2014 season. Continue reading

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Richmond Council Members Want Ballpark Consultant

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe Richmond City Council voted 7-2 Monday to ask Mayor Dwight C. Jones to find $50,000 to hire outside consultants to help vet the plan to build a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League).  Read more here.

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Baysox Release 2014 Promo Schedule, Charlie Chaplin and Jimmy Fallon Tributes Make the Lineup

Bowie Baysox LogoPRESS 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

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RubberDucks Announce Mascot Naming Contest

Akron Rubber Ducks Duck Foot SecondaryPRESS 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

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