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Fredericksburg Ballpark $18M Short

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe partners seeking to build a baseball stadium in Fredericksburg for the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) are roughly $18 million short in funding and may not go forward with the project without additional financial help.  Read more here.

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RiverDogs’ Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers Slated for August 23

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading

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CARTA, RiverDogs Take Aim at Kazoo World Record

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Buzz is growing about a partnership between the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the Charleston RiverDogs that could see a world record set this month in the Lowcountry. Continue reading

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Echols Accepts In-Game Prostate Exam Challenge, Plus 1980s Charleston Rainbows Jerseys

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Earlier this month, Myrtle Beach Pelicans Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich received an in-game prostate exam as he sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at a recent Pelicans home game. Milovich accepted the challenge to support Fallon Emery, a nine-year-old girl from Carolina Forest, SC who is fighting brain cancer and Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: CMC-Northeast Stadium (Kannapolis, NC)

Kannapolis Intimidators New Alternative LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited CMC-Northeast Stadium, the new home of the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos hereRead about the “Uh-Huh Guy” hereRead about two key members of the team’s booster club here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, NC)

Hickory Crawdads LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Single-A Hickory Crawdads (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos hereRead about the “CLAWlossal” challenge here.

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Columbia Authorizes Borrowing for New Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoIn a four to one vote, the Columbia City Council approved a new ordinance allowing the city to issue Special Obligation Bonds to raise no more than $35 million to pay for the construction of the proposed multi-use baseball stadium and facilities, equipment and improvements at the Bull Street development.  Read more here and here.

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Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It, Plus Bill Veeck Bobble Leg

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 remains one of the most well-known promotions in sports history. The original promotion was organized by current Charleston RiverDogs President Mike Veeck, but 35 years and one week later, this classic promotion will feature a 21st Century spin arranged by the RiverDogs. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: State Mutual Stadium (Rome, GA)

Rome Braves LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited State Mutual Stadium, home of the Single-A Rome Braves (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos here

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Columbia Moves to Borrow $35 Million for Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council moved ahead Tuesday on borrowing $35 million for a minor-league baseball stadium, ignoring a last-ditch effort to let voters decide the issue.  Mayor Steve Benjamin justified the move by saying people elect the council to make decisions, and the council takes out loans for millions in projects – to build sidewalks, buy police cars, improve water and sewage service.  Read more here.

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BlueClaws Take ‘What Could Have Been Day’ to Highest Level

Lakewood BlueClaws Pine Barons LogoThis is how you do it!  The Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) didn’t just design specials jerseys to become the Lakewood Pine Barons for “What Could Have Been Day” on Sunday, they created a complete line of merchandise and brought in a new mascot named “Chipper” to help complete the fantasy.  Watch video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

ne Barons mascot Chipper and Pine Barons SS Enmanuel Serra in the dugout before the game, Lakewood BlueClaws Facebook photo

Pine Barons mascot Chipper and Pine Barons SS Enmanuel Serra in the dugout before the game, Lakewood BlueClaws Facebook photo

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Tourists to Host 2015 SAL All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

Asheville Tourists New Logo1PRESS RELEASE – Asheville Tourists president Brian DeWine, in conjunction with South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa, announced today that Asheville’s McCormick Field will serve as the site of the 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, slated to be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Continue reading

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Columbia Approves Ballpark Development Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council has approved a venue development agreement for the minor league baseball stadium in the Bull Street development, signaling the city’s next step toward establishing the cornerstone of the mixed-use development.  Read more here.

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Key Provisions of the Columbia (SC) Ballpark Contract

Sand Gnats LogoMembers of the Columbia (SC) City Council are scheduled to cast their first vote Tuesday on the draft construction contract for building a proposed new ballpark for a yet-t0-be-named affiliated baseball team.  Read more here.

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RiverDogs Schedule 12th Annual Festival of Beers

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on Earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading

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No Cost-Benefit Study for Columbia Ballpark Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe development of Columbia’s baseball stadium will continue without a study of the costs and benefits of the project. In a 3-2 vote, Columbia City Council members voted Tuesday to move forward with building the multipurpose venue without the much discussed cost-benefit analysis.  Read more here.

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BlueClaws to Become ‘Pine Barons’ on June 22

Lakewood BlueClaws Alternative LogoPRESS RELEASE – The BlueClaws played their first game in 2001 and unveiled their team name in 2000. At that time, hundreds of names had been sent in as nominations before the name “BlueClaws” was selected, but what might the name have been if BlueClaws was not selected? Continue reading

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RiverDogs Set Date for Annual ‘Ballpark Festival of Beers’

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on Earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading

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West Virginia Power Host Third Annual ‘Redneck Night’ Tonight

West Virginia Power Chuck LogoBaseball’s original redneck celebration is back for round three, as the Single-A West Virginia Power host Redneck Night on Saturday, May 24.  The first 1,000 fans through the gate get a Power mason jar.  Everyone in attendance will enjoy redneck-inspired games, a third redneck wedding, the first-ever ballpark divorce, and a special guest appearance.

Redneck Night Mason Jar, West Virginia Power Twitter photo

Redneck Night Mason Jar, West Virginia Power Twitter photo

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RiverDogs Host ‘Bark for Your Brew’ Event

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Enjoy a unique opportunity to sample some of the finest craft beers at “Bark for Your Brew,” a dog-friendly, craft beer tasting. Bark for Brew is set for Sunday, June 1, at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park at 3 pm prior to the RiverDogs’ Dog Day Game scheduled against the Asheville Tourists (first pitch is 5:05 pm). Continue reading

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West Virginia Power, Appalachian Power Extend Ballpark Naming Rights Deal

West Virgnia PowerPRESS RELEASE – The West Virginia Power front office, in conjunction with Appalachian Power, are pleased to announce the renewal of the naming rights agreement for Appalachian Power Park. The agreement, announced on May 17, will guarantee that the ballpark on Charleston’s East End remains named after the state’s preeminent utility company through at least the 2024 season. Continue reading

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It Will be Spider Jerseys for the Tourists Tonight

Asheville Tourists New Logo1In anticipation of the new Spiderman movie being released May 2nd, 2014, the Single-A Asheville Tourists (South Atlantic League) will be wearing Spider Tourists jerseys on field.  The jerseys will be auctioned off and proceeds will benefit the Asheville Tourists Children’s Fund.

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RiverDogs, Palmetto Brewery Offer ‘The Original’ RiverDogs Beer at The Joe

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Charleston RiverDogs are constantly on the forefront of providing new and exciting food and beverage options at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. This time, with the help of Palmetto Brewery, the RiverDogs have their own special beer brewed exclusively for consumption at The Joe. “The Original” will make its debut tonight. Continue reading

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Columbia Approves Baseball Deal

Sand Gnats LogoBy a vote of 4-3, the Columbia (SC) City Council has agreed to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and operate a yet-to-be-built stadium.  This was the first step toward spending $29 million in public money for a $35 million year-round facility.  Read more here.

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Power Part Owner Launches Summer Collegiate Club

Carolina-Virginia_Collegiate_League LogoJohn Wilcox, part owner of the Single-A West Virginia Power (South Atlantic League), plans to launch the summer collegiate Mooresville Spinners (Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League) in Mooresville (NC), about 30 miles north of Charlotte.  The team will play at Moor Park baseball field after Wilcox spends $75,000 in improving the facility.  Read more here.

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Southern Tide 500 Club Highlights 2014 Fan-Experience Enhancements

Greenville Drive LogoPRESS RELEASE – With Opening Day in downtown Greenville three days away, the Greenville Drive are excited to announce what’s new at Fluor Field at the West End this season. Drive Ticket Plan holders got a sneak peek of what’s in store on Wednesday night, as they met the team, learned about the 2014 promo schedule and were part of a special unveiling of the all-new Continue reading

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Columbia (SC), Hardball Capital Amend Ballpark Agreement

Sand Gnats LogoThe City of Columbia (SC) and Hardball Capital have amended the agreement that would allow the company to manage the city’s planned baseball stadium at the Bull Street development site.  Read more and view agreement details here.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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New Sushi Dog Highlights RiverDogs’ New Food & Beverage for the 2014 Season

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – With the addition of the popular beer shakes and the peanut butter & pepper jelly, jalapeno-bacon-burger that were introduced last year, the Charleston RiverDogs enjoyed their most successful operational year at the concession stand and in terms of international, national, regional and local exposure in the club’s history. They also filled a lot of bellies. Continue reading

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RiverDogs to Wear Unique Seersucker Uniforms on Sundays

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – In the closet of nearly every mature male Charlestonian’s wardrobe is a seersucker suit. Now the Charleston RiverDogs players are going to be more “dapper” than any and all of their counterparts as the team this year will don seersucker uniforms for home Sunday games Continue reading

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Terrible Tuesday, Ghostbusters Bobblehead Highlight RiverDogs 2014 Promo Schedule

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Highlighted by a trio of Saturdays featuring bobblehead giveaways and 13 nights with fantastic fireworks following the game, the 2014 Charleston RiverDogs promotional schedule has a little something for everyone and a lot of fun for all. Continue reading

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RiverDogs Offer ‘Guarantee’ Win Wednesdays

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Who else but the Charleston RiverDogs would “guarantee” a victory on Wednesday nights? Put simply, if the RiverDogs don’t win on Wednesday night games at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, the club will honor your ticket for free admission to the next Wednesday home game. All you have to do is hold on to your ticket. 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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A History of Ballpark Debates in Columbia

Sand Gnats LogoSince the first professional game was played in Columbia (SC) in 1904, teams have struggled to find and keep a place to play. And that struggle is taking place again today, as the city, a team owner and a developer for the Bull Street property negotiate to build a new $35 million baseball stadium for an affiliated club.  Read more here.

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New Downtown Baseball Stadium for Intimidators?

Kannapolis Intimidators New Alternative LogoAt its annual planning retreat at Pity’s Sake Lodge, the Kannapolis (NC) City Council began a conversation that could culminate in a new downtown baseball stadium for the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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Columbia Ballpark Vote Today (UPDATED)

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a contract to build a $35 million ballpark for an affiliated club.  Under the proposed deal, Hardball Capital would put up $6 million, and the city would bond the remaining $29 million.  Hardball Capital would be on the hook for payments until the total amount of private development in the Bull Street project reaches $60 million.  Read more here.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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Upgrades Proposed for Perdue Stadium

Delmarva Shorebirds LogoA wraparound outfield deck, a new video board, swaths of additional reserved seating and a statue of Arthur W. Perdue may grace his namesake ballpark, if $5.7 million in upgrades recommended by a new Maryland Stadium Authority-commissioned report are approved.  Perdue Stadium, located in Salisbury (MD) on the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Continue reading

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Virginia House Votes to Help Fredericksburg Baseball Project

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow the city of Fredericksburg (VA) to capture additional revenue from its planned minor league baseball complex to be built to house the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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Power Unveil Promos

West Virgnia PowerPRESS RELEASE – The West Virginia Power, a Class-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are pleased to announced their 2014 promotional schedule. The 2014 season marks the Power’s tenth at Appalachian Power Park and comes filled with brand new promotional nights, giveaways and special appearances in addition to the return of some familiar theme nights and 17 fireworks shows. Continue reading

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Contract for Columbia Ballpark Project Taking Shape

Sand Gnats LogoColumbia (SC) city staffers expect to hammer out a contract for building a new ballpark and bringing an affiliated club to town in the next two weeks.  The city council is expecting to vote on a draft contract at its March 4 meeting.  Read more and view billboards here.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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North Augusta Chooses Ballpark Architect

Augusta Green Jackets LogoThe North Augusta (SC) City Council passed a resolution Monday night selecting Odell Associates of Charlotte (NC) to provide design services for the development of a new stadium for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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