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T-Bones Unveil 2014 Promotions

Kansas City T-Bones LogoPRESS 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

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Beach Bums Announce New Voice

Traverse City Beach Bums LogoPRESS 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

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Franklin Moves Toward Approving New Ballpark, $100 Million Development

Frontier League logoFranklin (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.

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Kingfish Are No Fielders

LakeCountyFieldersKenosha Kingfish LogoThe 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.

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First Concrete Footings for New Saints Ballpark to be Poured Wednesday

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoMudonna, the official mascot of the indy pro St. Paul Saints (American Association), will join work crews from the Ryan Companies at 2 p.m. Wednesday as they pour the first concrete footings for the city’s new 7,000-seat regional ballpark in Lowertown.  Read more hereWatch construction video here.

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Laughs and Nostalgia Highlight Saints 2014 Promotional Schedule

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThis 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

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Save Bringhurst Field!

Save Bringhurst Field LogoA 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

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No Public Marketplace for Skylands Park Property

Sussex Skyhawks LogoThe 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

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Loudoun Hounds Seek Bonds to Help Finance Stadium

Loudoun Hounds LogoVIP Sports and Entertainment, the company hoping to bring professional baseball and soccer to Loudoun County (VA), wrote to the Economic Development Authority last week asking for a resolution for $55 million in taxable bonds to finance a stadium.  Read more hereView VIP press release here.

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Oak Creek Possible Option B for Frontier League Team

Frontier League logoIf Franklin (WI) balks at approving a deal to build a new baseball stadium for an indy pro Frontier League franchise, The Rock sports complex CEO Mike Zimmerman is reportedly eyeballing nearby Oak Creek (WI) as a possible alternative.  Read more here.

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Saints Launch Annual Name the Pig Mascot Contest

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoIn 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.

Last year's mascot Mackleboar

Last year’s mascot Mackleboar

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Canaries Name New GM

Sioux Falls Canaries Logo 2013PRESS 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

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Newark Bears Done?

Newark Bears LogoRumors 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

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Pittsburg (CA) Team on Deck Monday Night

Pacific Association LogoThe 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 hereView resolution hereView Pittsburg Mettle job announcement here.

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No Taxpayer Funding for Franklin Ballpark Plan, But Maybe TIF?

Frontier League logoA 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.

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It’s the ‘Virginia Beach Neptunes’

Virginia Beach Baseball LogoPRESS 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

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Questioning Campbell’s Field, Future of the Camden Riversharks

Camden Riversharks LogoFreelance scribe Tara Nurin takes a look at the reported financial challenges surrounding Campbell’s Field located in Camden (NJ) and ponders the future of the indy pro Camden Riversharks (Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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Saints Go Naughty with Three-Way XXXhibition Game

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoWhether 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

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Frontier League Seeks to Speed Up Games, Start with 1-1 Count

Frontier League logoPRESS 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

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New Atlantic League Prez Talks Plans for 2014 and Beyond

Atlantic League LogoGet 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.

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Somerset Patriots Launch SPN.tv

Somerset PatriotsPRESS RELEASE – The Somerset Patriots have announced the launch of the Somerset Patriots Media Network called SPN, which will operate through the website SPN.tv. Continue reading

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York Revolution Bringing Major Pyro Show to Santander Stadium

York Revolution SecondaryPRESS 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

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Saints Using Tournament Bracket to Determine All-Time Best Promotion

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe 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.

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Wolff Optimistic About Baseball in Ottawa

Can-Am League LogoThere 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.

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Ramapo, Feds Settle Environmental Lawsuit

Rockland BouldersRamapo (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.

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Officials Choose Ballpark Artwork: ‘Meandor’ Over ‘Field Condition’

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe 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.

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Long Island Ducks Unveil 15th Season Logo, Promo Schedule

Long Island Ducks LogoPRESS 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

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Start-Up FAPB Makes Pitch to Hagerstown

Federation of American Professional BaseballSince 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 MalleyRead more and watch news report here.

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Skeeters Announce 2014 Promo Schedule

Sugar Land Skeeters PrimaryPRESS 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

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Owner Speaks About Operating the RailCats

Gary SouthShore RailCats LogoPatrick 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.

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Study Shows Support for New Parkersburg (WV) Ballpark

Frontier League logoThe 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.

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Deal to Build St. Paul Ballpark Finalized

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe 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 Saints Fans Cry Foul Over Higher Ticket Prices at New Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoSome 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 hereRead more here.

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Joplin ‘Name the Team’ Contest Ends, Chosen Name to be Announced March 4

El Paso Diablos LogoThe “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 hereVisit the Joplin Professional Baseball Facebook page here.

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Miners Announce New Radio Voice

Southern Illinois MinersPRESS 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

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Crushers Name New GM

Lake Erie CrushersPRESS 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

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Second-Year Admirals Tussle with Local Babe Ruth Over Use of Wilson Park

Vallejo Admirals A LogoThe 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.

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The Last Train to Midway

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe 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.

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Stompers to Hold Public Meeting Saturday

Somoma Stompers LogoThe 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.

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Choose One of Two Art Options for New Lowertown Ballpark

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoThe 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 hereLearn more about the art concepts hereVote here.

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