The repeatedly-abandoned Fairgrounds Field in Robstown (TX) could soon be home to a new minor league baseball team. Nueces County is in the early stages of negotiations with the Triple-A Rojos del Águila de Veracruz (Mexican Baseball League to use the ballpark as a training facility and potentially host an indy pro team. Read more here. View Nueces County Commissioners Court agenda here.
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Jon Danos, partner, president and CEO for Opening Day Partners (ODP), the owner of the indy pro Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League), has moved to Houston to work on plans for the league to add more teams in Texas. ODP also owns the Sugar Land Skeeters — the circuit’s lone franchise in the Lone Star State. Read more here.
Sioux Falls Sports, LLC announced today that Jim Olander has been named Executive Vice President of Business Operations of the indy pro Sioux Falls Canaries (American Association) baseball team and Sioux Falls Stampede (United States Hockey League) hockey team. He previously served as Vice President of Broadcast & Marketing for both clubs. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Loudoun Hounds announce that due to stadium delays and changes in senior management the Hounds will not be playing baseball in 2014. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The world was deeply saddened to have lost Nelson Mandela yesterday, who was such a great leader and inspirational character to many around the globe. He was a tremendous influence in the sports community as well, which is why the Bridgeport Bluefish will recognize Mandela during the teams 2014 season by placing a “remembrance” in the stadium at The Ballpark Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday, December 8, the Sugar Land Skeeters will host the 2013 Winter Fest from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Constellation Field. All children 12 and under, as well as Skeeters season ticket holders, gain FREE entry to the event. General admission cost is $5, with a portion of every ticket purchased benefitting Child Advocates of Fort Bend in support of abused and neglected children in the Continue reading
On 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.
PRESS 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
Miles 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.
A 1948 Lincoln Continental once owned by Babe Ruth will have a permanent home in little Trinidad (CO) upon completion of a major development there. The owners are part-time residents of Trinidad. The car has been featured at several indy pro Trinidad Triggers (Pecos League) games. View press release here. Visit TheBabesCar.com.
Architects for new ballpark in Lowertown for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) unveiled a slightly revised design concept during an uncommonly packed meeting Tuesday, after the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) sent a letter to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development outlining concerns about the stadium’s aesthetics. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced the alignments of its Liberty and Freedom Divisions for the 2014 season. The Somerset Patriots will join the Long Island Ducks, Camden Riversharks and Bridgeport Bluefish in the Liberty Division; the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will join the Sugar Land Skeeters, Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution Continue reading
Paul 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
Pecos League commissioner Andrew Dunn was in Bisbee (AZ) Wednesday to make a pitch to use historic Warren Ballpark for the proposed Bisbee Blue franchise. He is reportedly also eyeballing nearby Douglas (AZ) for a second team to bring the circuit to 10. Two weeks ago, it was reported that Safford (AZ) was a targeted market for the proposed Safford Cottonmouths. Read more here.
Many years ago, in the mid-70’s, there was a short-lived movement afoot to bring all MLB player development activities into the “complex mode” at the various spring training sites, thus eliminating the need for an elaborate network of farm clubs scattered across the country. Continue reading
The Owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) are proposing to make Joplin (MO) their home if the city will agree to an estimated $5.9 renovation of Joe Becker Stadium. The city council voted unanimously Monday to continue discussions. The Diablos were forced out of the El Paso (TX) market with the arrival of a Triple-A Pacific Coast League club. Read more here. Watch news report here.
The preliminary design plans for the new 7,000-seat ballpark in Lowertown St. Paul (MN) for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are coming under fire for lacking a certain downtown feel. Read more and view renderings here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Gateway Grizzlies have released their 2014 schedule. Gateway will play four exhibition games and 96 regular season games in 2014. The 2014 All-Star week, presented by the Casino Queen, will begin on July 14th and end July 17th at GCS Ballpark. Continue reading
While there is no new ballpark news here, councillor-at-large candidates in Malden (MA) discussed what they would like to see done with the National Grid property where a 6,500-seat minor league baseball park has been proposed. Read more here.
Amarillo (TX) city commissioners voted unanimously last week to accept a deal made between the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. and Coca-Cola that would move the company out of its current location, which would make way for construction of a proposed new ballpark that is one element of the large downtown redevelopment project. Read more here.
After eight-plus years of life, several hundred ballgames and many other events, the entire grass surface at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the indy pro Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League), is being revamped for the first time since the stadium opened in May 2005. Read more here.
Lake County Circuit Court Judge Jorge Ortiz issued a 37-page ruling Thursday on a lawsuit filed by the indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League) against Zion (IL), city officials and a developer that reportedly retains significant claims (including fraud and conspiracy) while also dismissing some aspects of the suit. The next hearing is set for Dec. 4. Read more here.
Pecos League commissioner Andrew Dunn is not satisfied with just eight teams in his indy pro (well, sort of) circuit. He would like to see two expansion teams in Arizona — the Bisbee Blue and Safford Cottonmouths — to take the field as early as 2014. He plans to make his pitch to use historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee on Nov. 13. Read more here.
In an investigative report, NBC 5 News Chicago found that taxpayers in Zion (IL) lost at least $7.8 million for the ballpark that was never built for the defunct indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League). Read more and watch news report here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – The All Star Game will have a home run derby, pregame meal and other league festivities. Santa Fe hosted the 2013 All Star Game which was a huge success for fans, players and travel. Santa Fe has proved it is a very popular city in the league for fans to go and see their players play in an All Star Game. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Winnipeg Goldeyes are proud to announce that the American Association has selected Winnipeg and the Goldeyes organization to host the 2014 American Association Game at Shaw Park on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Continue reading
The city of St. Paul (MN) voted Wednesday to issue $8.5 million in bonds toward construction of the new 7,000-seat, $63 million ballpark in Lowertown for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). The balance of the city’s $24 million contribution will be covered by an internal cash loan, proceeds from the sale of Midway Stadium, various cash accounts and the TIF district. Read more here.
The city of Lafayette (IN) will begin the first phase of upgrading 73-year-old Loeb Stadium with a $200,000 spend on locker rooms in early 2014, while the master plan for ballpark improvements is being developed. Loeb was home of the defunct indy pro Lafayette Leopards ( Heartland/Mid America/Great Central Leagues) from 1994-1998. Read more and view rendering here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League have announced a multitude of staff changes heading into the offseason spanning throughout the entire Front Office. Continue reading
The indy pro York Revolution (Atlantic League) on Thursday retired “Sovereign Bank Stadium” by peeling back a canvas sign to unveil their ballpark’s new name and logo. Read more and view photo here.
The city of St. Paul (MN) and the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have finalized a lease for the downtown ballpark that assigns most of the operating and maintenance expenses to the team, while giving the city a cut of the team’s annual proceeds. The deal will go before the city council for ratification on Wednesday. Read more here.
The indy pro Atlantic League announced Tuesday the recipients for the 2013 Atlantic League Post-Season Awards. The award recipients were selected by a committee comprised of all eight general managers from each of the Atlantic League ball clubs. The honorees are listed below: Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries pride themselves on making Sioux Falls Stadium aka “The Birdcage” a friendly place. But that won’t be the case October 25th and 26th when the stadium is taken over by Zombies! Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – CommunityAmerica Ballpark will be hosting Beer Fest at the BallPark tomorrow, Oct. 12, from 1:30-7:00 p.m. Continue reading
Al 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.
The St. Paul (MN) Parks and Recreation Commission will host a public hearing Wednesday on the terms of a new 25-year lease with the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) for the use of the new 7,000-seat ballpark under construction in Lowertown. It is expected that an actual use agreement will be finalized in the next week or two and then forwarded to the city council for approval. Read more here.