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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.

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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.

Rockland Boulders New Road Jerseys

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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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Six Subcontractors Named for New Saints Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoMinneapolis-based Ryan Cos. has awarded contracts to six mostly local subcontractors who will help build the new $63 million Lowertown ballpark for the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association).  Read more here.

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Saints Unveil Beer Shakes and a Sausage Haus for 2014 Season

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – There will be new smells and tastes at Midway Stadium this season that are sure to sate even the hungriest of appetites and quench the thirst of the heartiest of drinkers. The St. Paul Saints unveiled the Von Hanson Sausage Haus and the unique beer shakes during their opening homestand. Continue reading

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Yuma to Issue RFP for Using Desert Sun Stadium

Yuma Scorpions LogoProfessional baseball could be returning to Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma (AZ), as the city is drafting a request for proposal (RFP) that could be issued as early as this week.  According to Debbie Wendt, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, interest in the complex has been expressed by three different independent leagues.  Read more here.

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Atlantic League Welcomes 30 Millionth Fan

Atlantic League LogoLong Island Ducks LogoPRESS RELEASE – Over the weekend, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (“ALPB”) welcomed its 30 Millionth Fan through the turnstiles in this, the 17th year of existence for the circuit. Each club in the league, including the Long Island Ducks, is celebrating the milestone by recognizing fans from their member city with a special ceremony. Continue reading

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Study Includes Renovations for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

WichitaWingnutsLogoNBC World Series LogoA $3 billion wish list of projects to grow the quality of life in Wichita (KS) includes $49 million for major improvements to 79-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, home of the indy pro Wichita Wingnuts (American Association) and the NBC World Series.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the City Council will vote next Tuesday to Continue reading

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Zimmerman Zeroes In on Oak Creek (WI) for New Ballpark

Frontier League logoAfter Franklin (WI) rejected the idea, Oak Creek’s (WI) Common Council on Tuesday will consider a request for public money to help build an indy pro Frontier League baseball stadium proposed by The Rock Sports Complex CEO Mike ZimmermanRead more here.

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Replica Championship Ring Giveaway Highlights RailCats Opening Homestand

Gary SouthShore RailCats LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Gary SouthShore RailCats defense of their 2013 American Association title begins with an eventful Opening Day at the U. S. Steel Yard on Thursday, May 22nd vs. last season’s championship series opponent Wichita Wingnuts at 7:10 pm. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: All Pro Freight Stadium (Avon, OH)

Digital Ballparks LogoLake Erie CrushersEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com visit All Pro Freight Stadium, the home of the indy pro Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League).  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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The Colboar Bump: Saints Introduce New Four-Legged Mascot

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Nation is coming to Midway Stadium this season and the WØRD of the day is Stephen Colboar. The Saints were looking for a humorous name that Minnesotan’s could gravitate towards (Johnny Hamziel), but sometimes a great idea on paper doesn’t pan out (Bic Underwear). Continue reading

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Shovel City Crawlers Prepare for Inaugural Season

Shovel City Crawlers IBLThe Shovel City (Marion, OH) Crawlers are preparing for their inaugural 2014 season as a member of the start-up indy pro Independent Baseball League.  They will play their games at Lincoln Park.  The other teams set to begin play this season in the new circuit are the Tiffin (OH) Saints, Adrian (MI) Pioneers, and Ohio Travelers (a traveling team, we presume).  Read more here.

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Saints Come Out on Top in Three-Way at Midway

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS RELEASE – The last time three teams played a baseball game against each other was 60 years ago, but the St. Paul Saints, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Minneapolis Cobras put on quite a show at Midway Stadium on Friday night in front of 1,659. After a 12 inning affair the Saints scored 20 runs, the RedHawks plated 10 and the Cobras scored four. Continue reading

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Minor League Bird Logos: A Bird Lovers Perspective

Idaho Chukars LogoA blog/website dedicated to birding has graded 29 bird-based logos used in minor league baseball.  Spoiler Alert: The logo for the Rookie-level Idaho Falls Chukars (Pioneer League) received the best mark with an “A” grade.  Birding folks certainly come at this from a different angle, although we like the Chukars logo too.  Read more here.

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Lemurs Hire Former Miss California as VP of Client Services

Laredo Lemurs LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Laredo Lemurs are proud to announce the hiring of former Miss California USA 2011, Katie Blair in her new position as Vice President of Client Service. Continue reading

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