Despite some silly suggestion that the Oakland A’s might share AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants if the A’s are not able to secure an extension of their lease at the Coliseum, A’s owner Lew Wolff says the A’s are staying put — for now. Read more here.
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In an effort to persuade the Washington Nationals to keep their spring-training operations in Viera (FL) or find another team to take their place, Brevard County put together an eight-page brochure showing what 20-year-old Space Coast Stadium could look like with a proposed $29 million facelift. The brochure was sent to Nationals executive last week and will be mailed to the other 29 MLB teams this week. Read more here.
It was announced today that Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will formally step down from the office when his current term expires on January 24, 2015. Read more here.
In ESPN The Magazine‘s Sept. 30 Franchise Issue, Rachel Ullrich takes a look at a number of few gut-busting food items available at six Major League Baseball ballparks. It’s early Tuesday morning, and we’re thinking PNC Park’s Brunch Burger would hit the spot right now! Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Although the Northwest Indiana Oilmen season concluded on Sunday, the Oil City Stadium diamond will not remain dormant for long. Major League Baseball’s newest high school scouting effort will make its way to Whiting on Tuesday and Wednesday in the form of the first ever Midwest Professional Showcase. Continue reading
Baseball author Rob Neyer takes a look at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and concludes we are in a new era of rank commercialism in MLB ballpark design. Read more here. Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.
Cigar Advisor contributor Zack Barangan has written a piece on the best ballpark food in the major leagues – titled “America’s Best Baseball Stadiums for Food and Beer.” Read more here. Use the down arrow on the upper right of the article to scroll through the story.
The city of San Jose (CA) has filed a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball disputing MLB’s exemption to federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a “guise” to control the location of teams, according to the suit. City officials have grown increasingly frustrated with MLB’s delay in having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics’ proposed move to a new ballpark in San Jose. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – “Take me out to the ballgame! Take me out with the crowd! Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks”—and some veggie burritos, faux chicken-steak, meat-free tacos, edamame, falafel, hummus, and eggplant panini. And that’s just a sampling of the wide variety of delectable vegetarian fare available at the stadiums on PETA’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major Continue reading
The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday released the latest detailed renderings of the $650 million Ballpark Village project. The Cards broke ground on the project in February and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2014. Read more and view slideshow here.
Freelance writer Clare Goggin Sivits takes a look at the top 10 Major League Baseball Stadiums for craft beers on The Daily Meal.com. We hate to spoil it, but the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field tops the list. Read more here.
Brad Tuttle from Time magazine’s Business & Money section takes a look at the “game” being played by baseball fans in Miami and elsewhere who are finding ways to avoid paying a dime at the ballpark, whether it’s to punish an owner or simply save a few bucks on a tight budget. Read more here. Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.
As the four-year impasse drags on over the proposed move by the Oakland A’s to a new ballpark in downtown San Jose, frustrated business leaders eager to tap an anticipated fan spending windfall have begun exploring the idea of suing Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants for holding it up. Read more here. Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.
Forbes announced today its annual valuations of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams, reporting that the average team is now worth $744 million. This all-time record marks a 23% increase from last year, which is the largest increase since Forbes began tracking MLB finances in 1998. The increase is driven by new national television deals, climbing valuations for MLB Advanced Media and baseball’s investment fund. Continue reading
California State Controller John Chiang filed a report on Thursday finding that San Jose inappropriately transferred properties, cash and other assets from its former redevelopment agency before it and hundreds of other agencies were exterminated by Gov. Jerry Brown, but Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff is not concerned nor deterred from his campaign to move his team to San Jose. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Oakland Athletics and the City of Mesa have reached a 20-year agreement for the team to train in the East Valley city, beginning in February 2015. The A’s, who also hold two five-year options that could extend the contract to 30 years, will conduct workouts at Fitch Park and play their Spring Training games at Hohokam Stadium, the current home of the Chicago Continue reading
Bill Shaikin from the Los Angeles Times is reporting that credible sources have secretly told him that the commissioner’s office has provided the Oakland Athletics with tentative guidelines for a potential move to San Jose. Meeting the guidelines wouldn’t mean a move would happen, but it could lead to a vote by MLB owners. Read more here.
Doug Miller from MLB.com takes a look at old ballpark sites that continue to serve as reminders of a bygone era and an ever-changing industry landscape. Read more here.
Major League Baseball senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng made an appearance at the Caribbean Series on Sunday, touring the brand-new Estadio Sonora and meeting with Caribbean Baseball Confederation president Juan Francisco Puello Herrera regarding potential usage by Major League teams in the future. Read more here.
On Sunday at “Brewers On Deck,” Ben Peters of Richfield (MN) was announced as the winner of the Brewers “Design a YOUniform” contest. Peters’ design will be worn by the Brewers in exhibition games on March 22 in Phoenix at Maryvale Baseball Park and on March 30 in Milwaukee at Miller Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals and real estate developer Cordish Companies announced Wednesday that financing for construction of the $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village has been secured. While preliminary site work started Wednesday, a formal groundbreaking ceremony is set for Friday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. CST. Read more here. Learn more about the Ballpark Village project here.
Jerry Reese, who has brought multiple failed lawsuits to stop the construction of a new uptown Charlotte ballpark for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (International League), has agreed to pull the plug on his crusade to kill the project, after a judge threatened to impose sanctions against him. Reese will now focus his efforts to bring Major League Baseball to the Carolinas in communities outside of Continue reading
The Milwaukee Brewers dedicated a new 7-foot-tall bronze statue of beloved player and broadcaster Bob “Mr. Baseball” Uecker during a ceremony outside Miller Park Friday. The “Ueck” joins three others outside the main gates, including statutes honoring Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount, and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Read more and view video here.
Despite the fact that the organization’s website has been down, former Montreal Expos star Warren Cromartie says his Montreal Baseball Project is moving full steam ahead. The website is apparently being revamped, and Cromartie hopes to hold a press conference soon in Montreal to share progress on his organization’s effort to bring Major League Baseball back to the city. Read more here
TBS announced Wednesday that the song Land of Hope and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will serve as the theme song for the 2012 MLB playoffs. Read more and listen here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
As expected, Major League Baseball announced today that the Minnesota Twins and Target Field will host the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. Read more and view announcement here.
Those inside the baseball business, fans who experience games first hand, and sports reporters know that attendance figures reported by MLB teams (and all teams at all levels for that matter) rarely, if ever, mean actual butts in the seats. Even sold out games may not be sold out. Read more here.
The St. Petersburg City Council plans to hear a proposal from developer CityScape LLC for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium in the Carillon business park, just west of the Howard Frankland Bridge, in the Gateway area of St. Petersburg. However, the city attorney has advised council members to remain silent during the meeting, for fear the Rays might exploit council comments to break their stadium agreement. Read more here.
A group led by former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley and pro golfer Phil Mickelson reportedly reached an agreement Monday to buy the San Diego Padres for around $800 million. Read more here.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig‘s blue-ribbon committee on the Oakland A’s ballpark situation discretely slipped into the Bay Area this past week to meet with San Jose and Oakland officials about their new ballpark plans. San Jose is still in a tussle with state officials over Governor Jerry Brown‘s disbanding of redevelopment agencies. New developments in Oakland could give life Continue reading
Can’t make it out to your nearest Major League ballpark this weekend for some delicious eats? Why not try your hand a making one of the 11 signature ballpark recipes posted by TheDailyMeal.com today, including the Minute Maid Park Baja Fish Tacos and the PNC Park Pulled Pork and Pierogi Stacker. Read more and view recipes here.
Move over Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile! The Texas Rangers have unveiled the “Broomstick Express,” a weiner car of sorts to promote the mega Broomstick hot dog introduced by the Rangers and foodservice-provider Delaware North earlier this year. The winner of Monday night’s Broomstick hot dog eating contest was the first to receive a ride around the field on the new promo vehicle. Read more here.