The Franklin (WI) Common Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to reject a plan to provide $10.5 million in tax increment financing for a new ballpark for an indy pro Frontier League franchise, but city officials once again left open the possibility of the plan resurfacing. Read more here.
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PRESS RELEASE – The Goldeyes announced today the team’s 2014 promotions schedule, which includes giveaways, fantastic entertainment, and theme games. “Giveaways and entertainment have always been a hit at Shaw Park,” Goldeyes General Manager Andrew Collier said. “Goldeyes fans are the best fans in independent baseball and we try to give them many reasons to come to the ballpark every Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – It is often imitated, but never duplicated. There are those that erroneously feel they have the world’s shortest race. You can search high and low, from one end of the globe to the other, but there is only one place to find a race that begins and ends in the same place in the time it takes to shoot off the start/finish pistol. Continue reading
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com visit Price Cutter Park, the former home of the indy pro Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks (Texas-Louisiana League/Central League/Frontier League). Read more and view photo gallery here.
PRESS RELEASE – As the Kansas City T-Bones prepare for their home opener on Thursday, May 15, the club has announced its promotions and events schedule for the 2014 season. For 2014, the nightly promotions and ways to save on tickets have returned, along with a large offering of giveaways and special guests. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Traverse City Beach Bums will have a new voice to go along with their new radio station this season as Kevin Burke will be joining the Beach Bums as the team’s broadcaster. Continue reading
Franklin (WI) officials, pursuing the potential for $100 million in development that would create a new downtown for the Milwaukee County suburb, endorsed a $10.5 million deal for the construction of a new indy pro Frontier League baseball stadium that would serve as a catalyst to spur private commercial projects. The Common Council is scheduled to meet April 22 to vote on the plan. Read more here.
The Lake County News-Sun looks back at the failed indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League) and compares the effort to bring baseball to the area with the new summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League). You can ignore the so-called “reporter” looking for Kevin Costner dirt and not the true facts about the Zion (IL) situation. Read more here.
This may be the Last Train to Midway, but the St. Paul Saints have not lost their edge. There will be plenty of hilarious promotions (perms on the berm), annual staples (St. Patrick’s Day in July) and surprises (final game promotion?). Like a long running TV show that has the inevitable “flashback” episode towards the end of its run, the Saints will roll out the “Best of the Best” promotional series Continue reading
A proposal to increase the recreation millage in Alexandria (LA) is on next month’s ballot. A draft of the recreation millage reportedly talks about converting historic Bringhurst Field into a lazy river and more parking for a zoo expansion, but a grassroots Facebook group created Friday called “Save Bringhurst Field” wants to save the ballpark. The city says the future of Bringhurst has not been determined. Continue reading
The Frankford (NJ) Land Use Board voted 6-1 Wednesday night to deny an application that would have allowed the use of the currently vacant Skylands Park property as the site of a marketplace. There has been no new news on the possibility of bringing baseball back to the still-vacant 4,200-seat ballpark. The facility has been without a baseball team since the indy pro Sussex Skyhawks Continue reading
In partnership with the Pioneer Press, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have launched their 2014 Name Our Pig Contest. Five weeks from today, the name will be unveiled during the World’s Largest Game of Catch in downtown St. Paul. Just so you know, Vladimir Porkin, Oscar Pigtorius, and Game of Hambones have already been proposed. Submit and view name suggestions here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries are proud to announce that Matt Ferguson has been named general manager of the club. The Tripp, SD native is in his fifth season with the organization and also serves as the vice president of sales. Continue reading
Rumors were already out there that the indy pro Newark Bears would not be returning for the 2014 season. Beyond the team’s absence from the Can-Am League website header and 2014 schedule, a liquidation sale and auction announcement was posted on the Bears Facebook page this afternoon. Continue reading
The Pittsburg (CA) City Council will consider a resolution on Monday, April 7, to approve a lease agreement with Backwards K Group LLC and allocate funds for improvements to a field at City Park to serve as the home for the proposed indy pro “Pittsburg Mettle” (Pacific Association). Read more and view ballpark photos here. View resolution here. View Pittsburg Mettle job announcement here.
A proposal for Franklin (WI) taxpayers to borrow $10.5 million to build a minor league baseball park for an indy pro Frontier League franchise is apparently dead, after a city task force voted 4-0 Wednesday night to reject the funding plan from Mike Zimmerman. But a different city proposal to help finance the stadium at The Rock sports complex might be forthcoming. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – In a month long fan vote that began with 25 suggested team names, fans overwhelmingly chose the Neptunes to be the name of Virginia Beach’s first professional minor league baseball franchise. Continue reading
Whether this is real (it’s certainly feasible) or an April Fools’ Day joke, the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are one of the few teams that can pull-off promoting a three-way XXXhibition game without getting crucified by the offended. Enjoy the press release below: Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Frontier League of Professional Baseball announced today an industry leading rules change designed to speed the pace of baseball games and add to the excitement enjoyed by fans. Continue reading
Get him talking about his early goals as the new president of the indy pro Atlantic League, and you’ll get a good feel for Rick White‘s deep business background. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Yes, it’s fireworks. Yes, it’s taking place at Santander Stadium. And NO, FIRESTOCK is NOT your typical fireworks event. In fact, it’s not your typical anything. Continue reading
The indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are in the midst of their Tournament of Promotions, where Theme Nights, Giveaways, Between Inning games, and Miscellaneous promotions are doing battle via a March Madness-style bracket and fan voting to determine which promotion will be crowed the all-time champion. Keith Olbermann gives the Saints promo bracket a mention in his report on ESPN.
There is no owner and just one employee, but indy pro Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff is optimistic that there will be a baseball team in Ottawa Stadium next year. Read more here.
Ramapo (NY) has agreed to fork over a $125,000 fine and create 2.2 acres of new wetlands after admitting it broke federal environmental laws to pave way for a new ballpark for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League). The project is still under investigation by the FBI over its financing. Read more here.
The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department and the Lowertown ballpark project team have selected “Meander” — a lengthy public art sculpture composed of 28 lighted pillars — to decorate the west plaza of the new ballpark being built for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Long Island Ducks today announced the club’s preliminary promotional schedule for the 2014 season. Throughout the year, the team will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season as well as back-to-back Atlantic League championships. Continue reading
Since the deal to relocate the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) to Fredericksburg (VA), several proposals have been pitched for the Municipal Stadium and the future of baseball in Hagerstown (MD), including a new one from the start-up indy pro Federation of American Professional Baseball led by Dan Malley. Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today the club’s promotional schedule and game times for the upcoming 2014 season at Constellation Field. This season, the Skeeters’ promotional schedule promises a blend of baseball traditions, such as Thirsty Thursdays and jersey auctions, along with fun-filled, new theme nights, giveaways and more. Continue reading
Patrick A. Salvi, owner of the indy pro Gary SouthShore RailCats (American Association), spoke Monday during the Gary Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. In addition to providing details about operating the franchise, Salvi stated the team is completing a new marquee to enhance its visibility along the expressway and installing a new video board to bolster the fan experience at U.S. Steel Yard. Read more here.
The prospect of building a multi-use baseball stadium in Parkersburg (WV) for an indy pro Frontier League franchise received strong support in the initial phase of a feasibility study. More than 70 percent of respondents said they were in favor of the idea. More than 25 percent expressed interest in season tickets. The second phase of the study is now underway. Read more here.
The City of St. Paul (MN) and Ryan Cos. have finally signed off on a $43.8 million contract to construct the Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), with Ryan responsible for any cost overruns involving labor or materials. Read more here.
Some fans of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) are reportedly up in arms over the reality that the comfortable seatback chairs with cupholders behind home plate at the new Lowertown ballpark will be more expensive than the crappy bleacher seats behind home plate at Midway Stadium. Saints GM Derek Sharrer does a nice job explaining the pricing. Watch news report here. Read more here.
The “Name the Team” contest for the new indy pro American Association team relocating from El Paso (TX) to Joplin (MO) ended on Friday. Reportedly, the chosen name will be announced on Tuesday, March 4. The former El Paso Diablos will play at to-be-renovated Joe Becker Stadium. Learn more about the Name the Team contest here. Visit the Joplin Professional Baseball Facebook page here.