PRESS RELEASE – The Pioneer Baseball League and Northwest League of Professional Baseball are pleased to jointly announce the scheduling of a 2015 PBL-NWL All-Star Game, hosted by the Spokane Indians in Spokane, Wash., at Avista Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. The historic game is the first-ever meeting between the two leagues in their long standing history of play in the region. Continue reading
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If you haven’t already done so, we recommend you check out the Netflix original documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, about the short-lived (1973-1977) independent Single-A Portland Mavericks (Northwest League) launched by former minor-league player and television actor Bing Russell, father of movie star Kurt Russell. We finally got around to watching it, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Read more here. Read reviews on Rotten Tomatoes here. Go to the film on Netflix here.
As the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) held their media day on Thursday, crews outside the event were putting up a sign for Ron Tonkin Field – the new name for the venue formerly known as Hillsboro Ballpark. This should be very cool at night, as timed lighting will simulate a pitcher throwing a baseball and the batter hitting it. Tube Art Group is completing the work. Read more here.
Ruben Marcilla started painting the signs on Avista Stadium’s outfield fence when the plywood was new, marking off sections that would become insurance and grocery ads so big and bold the farthest-back fan could see them. Marcilla has been doing this for the Single-A Spokane Indians (Northwest League) for 25 seasons. Read more here. View photos here. Thanks to John Cerone for the story link.
At a press conference Tuesday, Hillsboro (OR) Mayor Jerry Willey announced that the home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) will be called Ron Tonkin Field, in memory of the Tonkin family’s patriarch. The Tonkins have operated dealerships in the Portland area for decades. The deal is worth $1.5 million over 10 years. Read more here.
City officials aren’t talking, but there is speculation that the “major announcement” scheduled for next Tuesday afternoon, May 13, has to do with naming rights for Hillsboro Ballpark, home of the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League). Read more here.