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New East Coast Baseball League Announces First Two Franchises

East Coast Baseball LeaguePRESS 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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American Association to Juarez?

American Association LogoDallas 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.

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New Ballpark Plan Announced for Utica (MI) (UPDATED)

Macomb County Michigan SealMacomb 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.

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Checking In on the Ottawa Champions

OttawaThe 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.

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Amid Financial Challenges, Colts Will Close Up Shop Early

San Angelo Colts LogoThe indy pro San Angelo Colts (United League), embroiled in financial problems, will reportedly shorten their current season by eight games.  Read more here (if you have a subscription).  As you recall, the Colts ownership filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month.  Thank you, Bryant and Pierce.

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Despite Challenges, RiverSharks Committed to Campbell’s Field

Camden Riversharks LogoDespite 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.

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Amarillo Sox Correct the Record on Support for New Downtown Ballpark

Amarillo Sox LogoThe 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 hereWatch Lee’s interview here at the 1:36 mark.

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Pipers to Share New Ballpark with Saints

Hamline University LogoSt. Paul Saints Hat LogoHamline 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.

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Florence Freedom: ‘Biker Night’ Tonight

Florence Freedom LogoPRESS 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

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Saying Farewell to Midway Stadium

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoIn 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.

St. Paul Saints Midway Porkchop by BallparkBiz

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Florence Freedom: Just Deduce It.

Florence Freedom LogoMurder mystery theater met minor league baseball, as the indy pro Florence Freedom (Frontier League) celebrated Sherlock Night on Saturday, which included Sherlock Holmes caps, t-shirts, and a live action murder mystery presented by the actors at the The Murder Mystery Company.

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Pecos League Dumping Osos, Diablos

Riudoso OsosDouglas DiablosAs 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 hereRead the Pecos League announcement about the Diablos here.

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Atlantic League Ratifies New Pace of Play Initiatives

Atlantic League LogoPRESS 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

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T-Bones Welcome 3-Millionth Fan

Kansas City T-Bones LogoPRESS 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

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Riversharks and Syfy Host Screening of ‘Sharknado’ Before Premiere of ‘The Second One’

Camden Riversharks LogoPRESS 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!

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Rent One Park (Marion, IL)

Digital Ballparks LogoSouthern Illinois MinersEric 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.

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Flashback: The Mid-Missouri Mavericks

Mid-Missouri MavericksThe Wendt brother launched the indy pro Mid-Missouri Mavericks (Frontier League) back in 2003, but the Columbia (MO)-based franchise lasted just three seasons.  The team played at the University of Missouri’s Taylor StadiumRead more here.

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ESPN 3 to Broadcast Atlantic League All-Star Game July 16

Atlantic League LogoPRESS 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

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Boulders Set to Welcome 500,000th Fan

Rockland BouldersPRESS 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

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New Pro League on Deck?

East Coast Baseball LeagueWe’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.

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San Angelo Colts File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

San Angelo Colts LogoHere 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.

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Thunderbolts Getting New Scoreboard/Videoboard

Windy City Thunderbolts LogoPRESS 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

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Downtown Amarillo Ballpark Development Picks Up Steam

Amarillo Sox LogoContracts 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.

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Saints Announce Jersey Design Contest

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe 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.

St. Paul Saints Design Your Own T-Shirt Contest

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Boulders Unveil New ‘New York’ Road Jerseys

Rockland BouldersThe 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.

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It’s the ‘Ottawa Champions’

OttawaThe name for the indy pro Can-Am League expansion team that will take up residence at Ottawa Stadium in Ottawa (ON) next season will be known as the “Ottawa Champions.”  The name was announced at a press conference Monday.  Read more hereWatch news report here.

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Funding for Meeting Space Added to Malden Ballpark Plan Progresses in Legislature

Malden MA SealA 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.

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Help Name the Proposed Can-Am League Franchise in Welland (Ontario)

Niagara Professional Baseball Club LogoPRESS RELEASE – Pirates, Stompers, AquaDucks, Stars, ???… what will be the name of the next professional baseball team in Niagara Region? Continue reading

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Virginia Beach Neptunes Unveil Logos

Virginia Beach Neptues LogoPRESS 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

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Pete Rose to Manage Bluefish (for One Day)

Bidgeport Bluefish LogoPete Rose will manage for the first time in 25 years, as he takes the field as the skipper of indy pro Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic League) for one game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport (CT) on June 16.  Read more hereCheck out Bluefish Rose gear here.

Manager Pete Rose

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More Virginia Beach Ballpark Details Emerge

Virginia Beach Neptues LogoVirginia 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.

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WhiteWings Celebrate (Surviving) 20 Years

Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings LogoThe 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.

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Zimmerman’s Frontier League Ballpark Proposal Could be Expanded

Frontier League logoPlans 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.

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’21 and Over Night’ in Schaumburg: A Game Kenny Powers Would Love

Schaumburg Boomers LogoIt 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!

Schaumburg Boomers 21 and Over Night

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Kenosha Kingfish Reel in 3,218 Fans for Inaugural Home Opener at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoThe 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.

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck on home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck during home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

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Long Island Ducks Welcome 6 Millionth Fan

Long Island Ducks LogoPRESS 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

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Former Field Manager Blames Owners for Bears Demise

Newark Bears LogoKen 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.

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Saints to Celebrate ‘Ghosbusters’ Anniversary with Bill Murray T-Shirt Giveaway

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoOn Saturday, June 7, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) will be giving away Bill Murray t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ghostbusters movie.  Snoopy is looking mighty good outside Midway Stadium sporting the specially designed sportswear.

Bill Murray T-Shirt Giveaway, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

Bill Murray t-shirt giveaway, St. Paul Saints Facebook photo

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Bismarck Ballpark Renovation Update

Dakota Rattlers LogoMunicipal 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.

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New Amarillo Ballpark Hinges on Potter County

Amarillo Sox LogoPotter County (TX) officials could make or break the city of Amarillo’s plan to obtain land for a ballpark, part of a $113 million project to revamp downtown.  Read more here.

Amarillo Ballpark Rendering

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