PRESS RELEASE – The East Coast Baseball League (ECBL), a new professional independent league, is pleased to announce their first two franchises in Newburgh, New York and Welland, Ontario. Continue reading
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Dallas Mavericks general manager and president Donnie Nelson, former Texas Ranger Ivan Rodriguez and Mexican basketball player Eduardo Najera are part of a group that announced last week a proposal to bring a baseball team to Juárez (Mexico) that would reportedly play in the indy pro American Association. Read more and watch news report here.
Macomb County (MI) Executive Mark Hackel on Monday announced a new 2,500-seat, multi-million dollar semi-professional baseball stadium that will be constructed within the next two years just west of downtown Utica. General Sports Entertainment (GSE) of Rochester (MI) is behind the project. Read more here. UPDATED: View official announcement here. Three or four teams will reportedly play out of the stadium as part of a new league that will be launched by GSE. Read post-announcement news here.
The Ottawa Sun recently spoke with David Gourlay, team president and minority owner of the indy pro Ottawa Champions (Can-Am League), about how things are coming along for the new franchise in preparation for their 2015 debut. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Despite the challenge of drawing fans to Camden (NJ) and a lawsuit from Santander Bank, which contends the team’s owner, Camden Baseball LLC, has defaulted on more than $4.6 million for financing of Campbell’s Field, the indy pro Camden Riversharks (Atlantic League) have a positive outlook about the team’s future in the market. Read more and watch video here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
The owner of the indy pro Amarillo Sox (American Association) had to reiterate the team’s support for the city’s effort to bring a new baseball stadium to downtown Amarillo (TX), after Sox General Manager Mark Lee suggested the city should have started revitalization by fixing the downtown Civic Center and upgrading Potter County Stadium, where the team currently plays. Read more here. Watch Lee’s interview here at the 1:36 mark.
Hamline University’s baseball team will make its home next year at St. Paul’s new downtown ballpark, sharing the Lowertown facility with its primary tenant — the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Join the Florence Freedom and Thoroughbred Harley Davidson for July 30th’s Biker Night! Bring your bike to the ballpark to show off and enter into one of our bike contests. Continue reading
In the world of independent professional baseball, there is no more hallowed ground than the indy pro St. Paul Saints’ (American Association) Midway Stadium. This is where independent baseball was born and first thrived. The Saints will soon say farewell to the only home they’ve ever known and move into a new, $54 million Lowertown ballpark next season. Read more here.
As teams in the indy pro Pecos League begin post-season play, it has been made clear that the Roton Osos and first-year Douglas Diablos will not be returning in 2015. At this point, the league will operate with eight teams next season. Read about the demise of the Osos here. Read the Pecos League announcement about the Diablos here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced that it has ratified six measures to begin August 1 and continue for the remainder of the 2014 season. The ALPB will test the effectiveness of the new rules and their ability to speed up games and keep fans engaged. All rules will be subject to future evaluation by the Pace of Play Committee and Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – With temperatures in the mid-90s, it may have been the hottest night of the year but that didn’t stop Craig Swisher from taking his son and daughter to watch the Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Monday night. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Did you miss out on the instant-cult classic Sharknado last summer, or are you just looking to refresh your memory before Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres on July 30 at 9/8c on Syfy? Well, the Camden Riversharks have you covered!
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Rent One Park, home of the indy pro Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League). Read more and view photo gallery here.
PRESS RELEASE – Atlantic League fans who are not able to make the trip to Sugar Land, Texas for the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game now have a viewing option to watch their favorite players from around the league. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – As proof of the team’s ever growing popularity, the Rockland Boulders are preparing to welcome their 500,000th fan to Provident Bank Park in just its fourth season. While who the fan is, and when they will arrive, is still a mystery, a celebration is already in the works as the anticipated date is forecast for the weekend of July 18 to 20 when the Boulders host the Lincoln Saltdogs. Continue reading
We’re not sure how legitimate this is, but a new independent professional league called the East Coast Baseball League is being proposed. As usual, we’ll take a wait-and-see approach, but it’s a red flag when information about the founder(s) is non-existent. It’s also a red flag when a new league is seeking “Player Data” on the front page of their website. That’s the last thing they should be worrying about at this juncture. View website here.
Here we go again with the Bryant and Pierce show, as the ownership of the indy pro San Angelo Colts (United League), led by former Congressman John Bryant, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which will stay a foreclosure action and keep the team in operation. The Colts recently received notice of foreclosure from their lender on the stadium note for Foster Field, where the team plays. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Village of Crestwood and the Windy City ThunderBolts are proud to announce that Standard Bank Stadium will greatly improve the fan experience at the ballpark with the addition of a new scoreboard/video board that will be fullly completed by August 1st. Continue reading
Contracts needed to kick off the design, engineering and construction of a $113 million development project for downtown Amarillo (TX) that includes a new $30 million ballpark could be completed in the next six weeks, according to two city officials. Read more here.
The indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have launched a contest that will give artistic fans the opportunity to design a one-of-a-kind Saints jersey that will be worn by the team. They are accepting entries from today until 12:00 p.m. CST on July 7, 2014. Saints staff members will narrow down the entries to a top five, and fans will vote for the winner. Click here for more details and official rules.
The indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League) have unveiled new road jerseys that feature a blue “New York” across the chest, and numbers on the lower left side and back outlined in black. The team will wear pants with a blue trim, along with a blue cap sporting a “NY” logo with the baseball from the Boulders primary logo flying through the two letters.
A plan to add state-funded conference meeting space at the proposed now-$80 million Malden (MA) ballpark to house a proposed indy pro Atlantic League franchise is making progress at Beacon Hill, as funding for the amenity has been passed by both the Massachusetts House and Senate as part of a capitol bonds bill. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Pirates, Stompers, AquaDucks, Stars, ???… what will be the name of the next professional baseball team in Niagara Region? Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC and the Virginia Beach Neptunes announced the debut of the team logos for the new baseball franchise. The Primary logo features King Neptune himself. Continue reading
Virginia Beach (VA) now has a better idea of what the future home of the developing Virginia Beach Neptunes would entail, as Virginia Beach Professional Baseball LLC included more details of the project in applications for two permits and a change of zoning that go before the Planning Commission this week. Read more here.
The indy pro Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (United League) are celebrating their 20th year of existence this season. It hasn’t been easy or pretty along the way, as the Valley Morning Star points out, but the team has survived and reportedly no longer owes money to the city Harlingen (TX). Read more here and here.
Plans for an indy pro Frontier League baseball stadium in Oak Creek (WI) in suburban Milwaukee may be expanded to include a connected Major League Soccer complex and a sports dome for indoor training and events. Read more here.
It began with a beer toast, and then it was jello shots, beer pong, a “swear off,” kilt-clad waiters and waitresses from the The Tilted Kilt “breastuarant” and more, as the indy pro Schaumburg Boomers (Frontier League) held “21 and Over Night” last Thursday. Read more here. Reported attendance was 2,297. The Boomers lead the league in attendance with 3,768 fans per game after five games. It will be back to normal Friday, June 6, as the Boomers host Superhero Night — for the kids!
The summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) dropped their inaugural home opener 11-7 in extra innings to the Mankato MoonDogs, but that didn’t spoil the fun for the sellout crowd of 3,218 who showed up to watch their new team and experience the impressively renovated historic Simmons Field. Read more here. Compare this to the one-year-and-gone indy pro Kenosha Mammoths (Frontier League) game we attended at Simmons back in 2003. View our photos here.
PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, May 30, Ted Nellis of East Northport and his family passed through the turnstiles at Bethpage Ballpark prior to the Long Island Ducks game against the Somerset Patriots. In doing so, he became the 6 millionth fan in franchise history to attend a Ducks game in their home ballpark. Continue reading
Ken Oberkfell, former field manager of the now-defunct indy pro Newark Bears (Can-Am League), paints a depressing picture of bumbling mismanagement of the club by owners Douglas Spiel and his wife, Danielle Dronet. Oberkfell is now field manager for the indy pro Lincoln SaltDogs (American Association). Spiel and Dronet are reportedly no longer a couple. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Municipal Stadium in Bismarck (ND) is undergoing a major renovation, and it looks like the project will be wrapping up soon. Read more and watch news report here. Now it’s time to start pondering future uses for the new 1,100 seat facility, including bringing a summer collegiate ball club to the former Prairie League city. Read background here.