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.
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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.
PRESS RELEASE – The Southern Illinois Miners have announced the hiring of their new radio voice Jason Guerette. Guerette joins the Miners after spending last summer as the voice of the Northwest Indiana Oilmen of the Midwest Collegiate League. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Owner and managing partner Steven Edelson is pleased to announce Rick Muntean as the new General Manager for the Lake Erie Crushers. Continue reading
The second-year indy pro Vallejo Admirals (Pacific Association) announced recently that they plan to return this season, but the club has still not renewed their lease to use Wilson Park. Local Babe Ruth is not too hip on sharing the facility again, but the parties are reportedly talking. Read more here.
The indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) have released a ticket promo video using their “Take the Last Train to Midway” theme promoting their last season at Midway Stadium before moving into a new ballpark in Lowertown in 2015. For those who have never been to Midway, the game announcer monotonically announces “train” whenever one rumbles by beyond the outfield fence. Watch promo here.
The After making a pitch to the Sonoma (CA) City Council Wednesday night to bring indy pro baseball to Arnold Park starting in 2014, the owners of the proposed Sonoma Stompers (Pacific Association) will hold another community outreach meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Sonoma Community Center. Read more here.
The community is being asked to vote on their favorite public art piece for the new Lowertown ballpark under construction for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). The deadline for participation is 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2014. Read more here. Learn more about the art concepts here. Vote here.
PRESS RELEASE – New for the 2014 season, every Thursday home game for the Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, will feature post-game concerts on the new “Grieder’s Patio At The Park.” The CornBelters will play their first regular season home game of the 2014 season (“CEFCU Opening Night”) at The Corn Crib on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. versus the Evansville Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Windy City ThunderBolts and the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch are proud to announce a “Battle of the Sexes” fastpitch softball game at Standard Bank Stadium on Monday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Crazy costumes and outfits are a large part of the fun and entertainment the St. Paul Saints have provided during their first 21 seasons. It’s only fitting then, that the Saints are taking their 2014 barnstorming game to a city that is believed to be the first in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration, Anoka. The Saints, in conjunction with Killebrew Root Beer and Continue reading
As teams are putting together their 2014 promo schedules or looking to make updates to those already in place, we took the liberty of pulling some of the more prominent movies that are having 10-, 20-, and 30-year anniversaries this year. If you are interested in doing a movie promo, there are plenty of options. See below: Continue reading
In the latest letter from the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, the design for the new Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) is being challenged for its open-air design, trees and planters that are too uniform, uneven building setbacks, and dearth of “punched” windows and the prevalence of glass. Read more here.
At a Virginia Beach (VA) City Council meeting Tuesday night, council members voted 10-0 to approve a plan for Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC to build a new baseball stadium for an indy pro Atlantic League franchise near the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Read more and watch news report here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will retire Sparky Lyle‘s number 28 during the 2014 season. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Rockford Aviators, presented by Pearson, are proud to announce that Jared Revlett has been hired as the team’s broadcaster for the 2014 season. Continue reading
Although the next phase of a feasibility study looking at bringing an indy pro Frontier League baseball team to Parkersburg (WV) focuses on three locations in the city, it appears “Parkersburg” likely won’t be part of the club’s name. Read more here.
The Edinburg (TX) City Council on Tuesday rejected a new lease agreement with the indy pro Edinburg Roadrunners (United League Baseball), amid discussions with the University of Texas System about the future of Edinburg Baseball Stadium. The ULB’s McAllen Thunder also played at the ballpark. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Corporate brands seeking a way to make an unparalleled splash throughout Chicagoland need look no further than Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, where it was announced today that Stadium Naming Rights are available. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – This season’s Opening Day theme (Thursday, April 24 vs. Camden, 6:30 p.m.) will carry through the entire 2014 season at Santander Stadium as the team has unveiled a promotional schedule featuring numerous celebrity appearances and entertainment acts never before seen in Downtown York. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. (“ALPB”) today announced that Rick White, former Major League Baseball executive, has been named Atlantic League President. In his role White will supervise all League business affairs as the League enters the next major phase of its strategic growth plan. Continue reading
The group wanting to build a new $50 million, 5,000-seat ballpark near the Virginia Beach Sportsplex for an indy pro Atlantic League franchise will present their plan to the city council on Tuesday. The council is set to vote on the deal February 11. If approved, Virginia Beach Professional Baseball LLC hopes to start construction in June and have the fields and stadium completed by June 2015. Read more here.
Pioneer Press reporter Frederick Melo talks with indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) owner Mike Veeck about the launching of the Saints in 1993, the new ballpark currently under construction in Lowertown, and some of the fun in between. Read more here.
After 13-plus years with the organization, Saltdogs Vice President/General Manager Tim Utrup is leaving Lincoln to become general manager for NC State’s Wolfpack Sports Properties. Continue reading
A proposed new $7 to $11 million baseball stadium in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin (WI) received a generally favorable response from city officials at a Thursday meeting. Mayor Tom Taylor and the six aldermen all expressed support for the project. But some council members also said they would be hesitant to support city financing for the stadium. Read more here.
The indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association) unveiled three new illustrations Thursday evening depicting the city’s future regional ballpark, a 7,000-seat stadium that soon will be under construction in Lowertown. Read more and view renderings here.
Mike Zimmerman, owner of The Rock sports complex in the Franklin suburb of Milwaukee (WI), is seeking city permission to develop a $7-$11 million baseball stadium at the complex for an affiliated, indy pro Frontier League or summer collegiate club. The park would have 2,500 to 3,000 seats and use around 20 to 30 acres. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Farmer’s Almanac predicts impending doom for the big game in New Jersey on February 2. While football officials brace for the worst, the St. Paul Saints and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy are embracing the expected cold weather in Minnesota by hosting another big game, the Summer Shandy Snowball Classic as part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Continue reading
The city of St. Paul has received a $748,000 grant from the Metropolitan Council to help offset the cost of environmental cleanup at the new regional ballpark in Lowertown for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association). Read more here
Speaking Wednesday as part of his “State of the City” address, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the municipality has signed a lease agreement with the indy pro Can-Am baseball league that will see a team play out of the Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road starting in 2015. In his own words, the mayor said the following:
“I’m also pleased to announce this morning that we’ve signed a lease agreement with the CanAm League that will see baseball return to Ottawa next year. We look forward to helping raise awareness and excitement in the months ahead, to ensure the team’s long-term success in our city.”
PRESS RELEASE – For the first time since the Sonoma County Crushers ceased operations following the 2002 season, professional baseball is returning to Sonoma County in 2014. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – David Kay joins the RailCats as Assistant General Manager and Director of Tickets for the 2014 season. 2014 will be David’s 9th season working in professional baseball. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – This is one promotion where Clark the Cub definitely won’t be invited. The Schaumburg Boomers invite you to leave the kids at home and join us for an evening of grown-up fun at the ballpark for a special 8 p.m. game on 21 and Over Night on Thursday, May 29 at Boomers Stadium. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, announces Morton Community Bank as the presenting sponsor of the hot stove banquet on Jan. 23. The reception and silent auction will start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and take place at the Marriot in Uptown Normal. The CornBelters will play their first regular season home Continue reading
It has been extremely quiet on the indy pro United League Baseball front, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been anything going on behind the scenes. The league has submitted a proposal to lease Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson (AZ) starting this season. The ballpark is the soon-t0-be-former home of the Triple-A Tucson Padres/El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League). Read more here.