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Rebuilding the Whitecaps’ Fire-Damaged Home

West Michigan White Caps LogoSteve Mortensen, an executive general adjuster for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, provides an inside look at the process for rebuilding Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), after a raging fire damaged a large portion of the facility just three months before opening day.  Read more and view photos here.

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Nothing Like Modern Woodmen Park

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryThere is nothing really new here, but Steve Batterson from the Quad City Times takes a look at views and features that make Modern Woodmen Park special.  Read more here.

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Chiefs, Cardinals Renew PDC

Peoria Chiefs LogoSt. Louis Cardinals LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Peoria Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals have announced the signing of a four-year extension of the player development contract (PDC) that will run through the 2020 season. Continue reading

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River Bandits Honor Retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin with Bobblehead

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits will give away a bobblehead of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin at Modern Woodmen Park at their 1:15 p.m. game Sunday, Aug. 17, which will be a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of Service to Iowa in Congress. The day will be sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Continue reading

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Bandits Open New Amusement Ride at Modern Woodmen Park

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements will open another new ride at Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday night, as the Mediacom “Drop’N Twist” makes its debut in the ballpark’s Party Plaza. Continue reading

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Return of Minor League Baseball Back on Dubuque Radar

Dubuque Packers LogoThis is in the very early stages, but conceptual drawings for the long-term development plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque (IA) include a 6,000-seat minor-league ballpark.  Read more with subscription hereView Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan document here.

Dubuque's Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.01.14

Dubuque’s Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.02.14

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Modern Woodmen Park Once Again Surrounding by Mississippi River Waters, Show Must Go On

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryIt’s that time of year again, and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League), is once again surrounding by Mississippi River flood waters.  Read more and view photos hereView photo gallery here.  But the show must go on, as the police and fire “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game will be played on Saturday, July 5, before the River Bandits take on the Timber Rattlers.

Davenport and Rock Island will compete in the Battle of the Badges Saturday, July 5. The Davenport Police & Fire Departments will face the Rock Island Police & Fire Departments in a softball game from 3:45-5:00 p.m. before the River Bandits' 6 p.m. game against Wisconsin. The event will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

The Davenport Police & Fire Departments and Rock Island Police & Fire Departments will compete in the Battle of the Badges charity softball game Saturday, July 5.

 

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Dayton Dragons Being Sold

Dayton Dragons LogoPRESS RELEASE – Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Dayton Dragons franchise – the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds – from Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC. Continue reading

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Single-A Kernels in Talks to Buy Summer Collegiate Bucks

Cedar Rapids Kernels LogoWaterloo Bucks LogoThe Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) are in talks to buy the summer collegiate Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League).  The purchase has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball.  There are still a few other hoops to jump through here, but it looks like a done deal.  Read more and view news report here.

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River Bandits Expand Amusements with ‘Space Camp’

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements will open another new ride at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night, as “Space Camp” makes its debut at the ballpark. Continue reading

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Lansing City Council Approves $23.5 Million Cooley Law School Stadium Renovation and Development

Lansing Lugnuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – On Monday night, the Lansing City Council officially approved a plan for Cooley Law School Stadium to receive a fully-modernizing $10.5 million renovation as part of a larger project to incorporate a private mixed-use development into the ballpark outfield. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Bowling Green Ballpark (Bowling Green, KY)

Digital Ballparks LogoBowling Green Hot RodsEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League).  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Taking the First Ride on the Bandits New Ferris Wheel

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryQuad-City Times columnist Bill Wundram and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba were among the first passengers to take a ride on the new Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits.  Read more and view photos hereRead about the May 24 Inaugural Ride event here.

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Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry to Co-Headline One Night of Three-Day Concert Series at Whitecaps Home

Whitecaps LogoThe Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will co-headline one night of a three-day concert series at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League).  Read more hereGo to ballpark website here.

West Michigan Whitecaps Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry 8.27.14

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New Clubhouse for Whitecaps

Whitecaps LogoThe Single-A West Whitecaps (Midwest League) on Thursday moved into their new clubhouse that had been under construction since a Jan. 3 fire destroyed the right-field concourse area.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Coveleski Stadium’s Synagogue Gift Shop

SouthBendSilverHawksLogoJust beyond the left-field fence at Coveleski Stadium, home to the Single-A South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League), a synagogue sat unused for years.  When Andrew Berlin, who is Jewish, purchased the Silver Hawks in 2011, he overlooked the dilapidated building and developed a vision for saving it.  Read more and view photo hereView street view hereView aerial with Silver Hawks logo on roof.

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Bandits Schedule Official Lighting of the Ferris Wheel, Inaugural Ride

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, to kick off a Memorial Day Weekend grand opening for the new attraction. Ticket proceeds from the event at Modern Woodmen Park will go to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation in the Quad Cities. Continue reading

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Bandits Ferris Wheel Almost Ready for Fans

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryThe Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League) reported Saturday that crews were putting the finishing touches on the new Ferris wheel at Modern Woodman Park.  The new ballpark feature will highlight an amusement lineup to include a new ride called a “Drop and Twist,” an expanded 300-foot long zip line, an auto-belay rock climbing wall, and other new games and attractions.  Read more and view photos here.

 

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Dragons to Celebrate 1,000th Straight Sell-Out Today

Dayton Dragons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Club will celebrate the 1,000th consecutive sell-out on Saturday, May 10 when the Dragons host the Fort Wayne TinCaps at 7:05 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons broke the all-time North American record for consecutive sold-out dates on July 9, 2011 when they reached their 815th Continue reading

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Local Anchor Gets Ron Burgundy Bobblehead Treatment May 2

Cedar Rapids Kernels LogoThe first 1,000 fans through the gates tonight at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League), will receive a free bobblehead of local news anchor Bruce Aune from KCRG-TV9 as Ron Burgundy from the Anchorman movie.

Cedar Rapids Kernels Burgundy Bobble

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Ballpark Geyser Delays Game

TinCaps-Apple-LogoA Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps (Midwest League) game at Parkview Field was delayed 18 minutes, after a player sprinting to catch a foul ball ran into a sprinkler and triggered a geyser-like water blast that showered nearby fans and pitchers in the the TinCaps bullpen.  Read more and watch video here.

Parkview Field geyser, Fort Wayne TinCaps Facebook photo

Parkview Field geyser, Fort Wayne TinCaps Facebook photo

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Whitecaps Open in Front of 7,128 at Restored Ballpark

Whitecaps LogoPRESS RELEASE – For three months, the West Michigan community watched and waited as the West Michigan Whitecaps worked to rebuild Fifth Third Ballpark after a devastating fire in early January. On Tuesday, at long last, they finally reaped their rewards. Continue reading

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Restored Fifth Third Ballpark Ready for Home Opener

Whitecaps LogoHours after a massive fired ripped through a portion of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), team co-owner Denny Baxter vowed that the restored baseball stadium would be back hosting baseball in 2014. He meant what he said.  The Whitecaps home opener is on Tuesday, April 8, and the ballpark is looking great.  Read more and view photos here10 things to know here.

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‘Auger Dogger’ Wins 2014 Whitecaps Food Vote

Whitecaps LogoPRESS RELEASE – The votes have been counted, and the winner of the fifth annual Whitecaps food contest is the Auger Dogger! The deep-fried hot dog on a stick wrapped in spiral potato chips won the hearts and taste buds of Whitecaps fans, raking in 36% of the votes in the online contest. Continue reading

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Star Wars Still Hot

Star Wars LogoDespite the fact that the first Star Wars movie hit the screens in 1977, the brand is still a hot commodity in the baseball world, as at least three teams celebrate the iconic film in 2014 with Star Wars wear, including the Cincinnati Reds, Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League), and Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Midwest League).

Star Wars Mania 2014

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Whitecaps Announce 2014 Ballpark Improvements

Whitecaps LogoPRESS RELEASE – As the start of the 2014 baseball season fast approaches, the rebuilding process at Fifth Third Ballpark after the January 3 fire is well underway and on schedule to meet completion dates. In addition to rebuilding the first base concourse and suite level, the Whitecaps are also making several key improvements to the ballpark. Continue reading

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Unique Renovations on Deck for Lugnuts’ Ballpark

Lansing Lugnuts LogoNearing its 20th year in Mid-Michigan, Cooley Law School Stadium could receive a comprehensive renovation to upgrade and modernize the ballpark.  The stadium renovations are part of a larger project to incorporate a private mixed-use development into the ballpark outfield, including living space.  Read more here.

CLICK HERE to see 10 renderings of proposed renovations

CLICK HERE to see 10 renderings of proposed renovations

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River Bandits Announce Eight ‘Bobble’ Giveaways, Including a Bobble Truck

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits will soon return to the field where they won the Midwest League Championship in two of the last three years. The team announced on Thursday it will celebrate those championships, as well as its second year of an affiliation with the Houston Astros, with a super-sized 2014 lineup of always-popular bobblehead giveaways. Continue reading

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Whitecaps Ask Fans to Vote on New Concession Item

Whitecaps LogoPRESS RELEASE – Hungry? Read on and you will be. The fifth-annual fan voting contest to determine Fifth Third Ballpark’s next culinary delight starts today – Tuesday, February 25. The contest has produced some popular menu items at Whitecaps games, and this year promises to continue the tradition. Continue reading

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Dragons Announce Renovation of Luxury Suites

Dayton Dragons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons announced today that a complete renovation of Fifth Third Field luxury suites is currently underway. Dragons President Robert Murphy made the announcement in a news conference at the ballpark. Continue reading

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It’s Bobbleheads Galore for Rattlers 2014 Promo Schedule

Wisconsin Timber RattlersThe Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Midwest League) have announced their fan giveaways and theme nights for the 2014 20th anniversary season, and it’s loaded with bobbleheads.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Whitecaps to Hold First Public Event at Fire-Damaged Ballpark

West Michigan White Caps LogoThe Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 15, to provide fans an opportunity to look at construction efforts at Fifth Third Ballpark.  It will be the first public event at the ballpark since a fire on Jan. 3 destroyed the first-base side of the structure and caused other damage.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Whitecaps Announce Name the New Mascot Contest

Whitecaps LogoPRESS RELEASE – We are asking fans to help decide the name of the latest fuzzy addition. This new furry friend will be a female River Rascal to go along with the Whitecaps main mascot Crash the River Rascal. Continue reading

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Hot Rods Announce #Funner Ballpark Renovations

Bowling Green Hot Rods LogoPRESS RELEASE – Bowling Green Ballpark may be entering just its sixth season, but new Bowling Green Hot Rods owners Stuart and Jerry Katzoff (Manhattan Capital LLC.) have announced exciting renovations to the ballpark for the 2014 campaign. A “funner” new experience, both inside and out of the ballpark, is on the way. The facelift is scheduled to be complete for Citizens First Opening Continue reading

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MiLB President Applies Soft Ballpark Pressure in Beloit

Beloit Snappers LogoMinor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner was in Beloit (WI) Wednesday for the Single-A Beloit Snappers’ (Midwest League) Hot Stove Banquet.  During his visit, O’Conner said Beloit must decide its baseball future in the next few years as it relates to procuring a new or updated facility for the franchise.  Read more here.

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Milwaukee Suburb Shows General Support for Ballpark Proposal, But Public Financing Another Issue

The Rock Sports Complex LogoA 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 Rock Sports Complex Proposed Ballpark

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Lansing Lugnuts Announce Inaugural Beerfest

Lansing Lugnuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lansing Lugnuts, in conjunction with I’m A Beer Hound, officially announce the inaugural Beerfest at the Ballpark at Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday, April 5th. Festival hours are scheduled from 1pm-6pm with a special VIP entry starting at noon. Continue reading

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Ballpark Proposed for Suburban Milwaukee

The Rock Sports Complex LogoMike 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.

The Rock Sports Complex Proposed Ballpark

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There IS Crying in Baseball (After Ballpark Fire), But…

West Michigan White Caps LogoLew Chamberlin and Denny Baxter, owners of the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League), remain steadfast that Fifth Third Ballpark will be ready by Opening Day and repairs completed in time for the June 17 Midwest League All-Star game.  Read more here.  Meanwhile it’s time for the ‘Caps to find that next unique new food item via the annual fan competition below:

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PSC to Manage Concessions and Catering at Hot Rods Ballpark

Bowling Green Hot Rods LogoPRESS RELEASE – Professional Sports Catering, LLC, (PSC) in conjunction with Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, announced a partnership today at Bowling Green Ballpark (Midwest League, Single-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays). PSC will manage all aspects of the food operation at Bowling Green Ballpark, including concessions, catering and staffing for every event at the stadium. Continue reading

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