PRESS 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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PRESS 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!
Eric 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.
PRESS 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
PRESS 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
We’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.
Here 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.
PRESS 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
Contracts 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.
The 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.
The 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.
A 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.
PRESS RELEASE – Pirates, Stompers, AquaDucks, Stars, ???… what will be the name of the next professional baseball team in Niagara Region? Continue reading
PRESS 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
Virginia 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.
The 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.
Plans 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.
It 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!
The 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.
PRESS 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
Ken 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.
Municipal 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.
Minneapolis-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.
PRESS 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
Professional 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.
PRESS 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
A $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
PRESS 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
Eric 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.
PRESS 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
The 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.
PRESS 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
A 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.