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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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Winter Park Considers Sites for Proposed New Ballpark

Brevard County ManateesThe city of Winter Park (FL) city leaders are considering four potential sites for a new ballpark for (possibly) the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League) that could cost more than $40 million.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Columbia Considers Options for Financing New Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoThe city of Columbia (SC) is looking at three revenue sources that could fund a new baseball stadium for an affiliated club, two of which are bonds that could cost the city roughly $70 million or $80 million over the next several decades.  Read more here.

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Legends 2014 Promotions: ‘Stache-tastic!’

Lexington Legends New LogoPRESS RELEASE – There will be more barking, more fireworks and a night with the Cincinnati Ben-Gals in 2014, as the Lexington Legends offer fans a “stache-tastic” season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Continue reading

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One More Season at Capital City Stadium for Blowfish? (UPDATED)

Columbia Blowfish BlueyThe Columbia (SC) City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to give a second reading approval to an agreement that would bring the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) back to Capital City Stadium for the 2014 season.  The city is currently considering a plan to build a new ballpark for an affiliated club.  Read more here.  UPDATE: City approves one more year for Blowfish.  Read more here.

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Freier Would Buy Another Team If Both Savannah and Columbia Play Ball

Sand Gnats LogoJason Freier, owner of the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League), says he would buy another team to satisfy both Savannah (GA) and Columbia (SC) if both markets decide to build a new ballpark.  That being said, there is a long way to go here, and it is entirely possible that only one or neither market will play ball with Freier.  Read more here.

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Columbia OKs Stadium Negotiations

Minor League Baseball LogoColumbia (SC) City Council on Tuesday voted to open formal negotiations with a minor-league baseball team owner to build a public stadium in the proposed Bull Street neighborhood and asked for draft contracts in two weeks.  Read more here.

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Columbia City Council to Vote on Ballpark Resolution Tuesday

Minor League Baseball LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council on Tuesday will hold its first public meeting on a proposal to build a new ballpark for a Single-A club.  The council will reportedly vote on the following resolution:

“Authorizing the City Manager to commence negotiations to include financing strategies of a Venue License Agreement between Hardball Capital LLC and the City of Columbia and a Venue Management Agreement between Hardball Capital LLC and the City of Columbia for placement and consideration on the February 4, 2014 City Council Agenda.”

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Hostile Crowd Voices Opposition to New Columbia Ballpark

Minor League Baseball LogoA hostile crowd of about 60 people attended a forum organized at Woodlands Park by two City Council members who have been critical of Columbia’s (SC) proposed plan to build a stadium to attract a Single-A baseball team to the capital city.  The turnout appears to have been a case of organized opposition (by the councilmen), rather than random concerned citizens just showing up.  Read more here.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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Developer Offers Up Land for New Columbia Ballpark

Minor League Baseball LogoBaseball developer Jason Freier told members of the Bull Street Commission during their meeting Monday that developer Bob Hughes would donate between 10 and 12 acres of land if a baseball stadium was approved in Columbia (SC).  Also, Freier said he got the green light from Major League Baseball to explore moving one of his teams to the area.  He owns, via Hardball Capital, the Single-A Fort Wayne Continue reading

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Freier: If You Build It in Columbia, We Will Come

Minor League Baseball LogoJason Freier, owner of minor league baseball teams in Fort Wayne (IN) and Savannah (GA), on Wednesday guaranteed he would bring a team to Columbia (SC) if the city builds a new ballpark as part of the redevelopment of the old State Hospital campus on Bull Street.  Read more here.

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Columbia (SC) Baseball Stadium Study Released

Minor League Baseball LogoA study completed by Brailsford & Dunlavey has concluded that building a new $41.8 million minor league baseball stadium in Columbia (SC) could bring in more than $400 million to the city over 30 years.  The Columbia City Council plans to discuss the study and the idea of a ballpark at its meeting on Tuesday.  Read more here.

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Fredericksburg Ballpark Groundbreaking in March

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe investors in the planned Fredericksburg (VA) minor league baseball complex for the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) plan to purchase the land in February, break ground in March, and have the facility ready for the start of the 2015 season.  Read more here.

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Sand Gnats Subtly Threaten Move

Sand Gnats LogoThe Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) have expressed a willingness to leave Savannah (GA) for another market, if a new downtown ballpark is not built to supplant outdated Grayson Stadium.  Hardball Capital, the team’s owners, have reportedly already been in contact with city officials in Columbia (SC) about relocation.  Read more here.

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Bill Murrary Gives His 2013 State of the RiverDogs Address

Charleston RiverdogsBill Murray, co-owner and “Director of Fun” for the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League), took time during the organization’s recent holiday party to address the team’s success in his 2013 State of the RiverDogs video address.  Watch video here.

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North Augusta Authorizes Legal Action to Fight Lawsuit Against Project Jackson

Augusta Green Jackets LogoThe North Augusta (SC) City Council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to authorize legal action in response to a lawsuit filed last week against the city to stop Project Jackson, which includes a proposed ballpark for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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GreenJackets Name New GM

Augusta Green Jackets LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Augusta GreenJackets announce Tom Denlinger as their new General Manager. Denlinger was hired from the Richmond (VA) Flying Squirrels Baseball Club where he served as their Assistant General Manager. The Richmond team is the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants and home to many former Augusta GreenJackets players as they travel through the Giants Continue reading

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GreenJackets Set to Name New GM, Homeowners Group Files Suit to Stop Project Jackson

Augusta Green Jackets LogoTom Denlinger is set to become the new general manager of the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League), replacing Bob Flannery, according to team owner and president Jeff Eiseman.  The GreenJackets will make a formal announcement of the hiring early next week.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, a homeowners association has filed suit to stop Project Jackson.  Read more here.

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Sand Gnats Pitch New Ballpark Plan

Sand Gnats LogoThe owner of the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) is seeking city support for a multi-use stadium at the stalled Savannah River Landing site.  Read more here.

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Financing Secured for Fredericksburg Ballpark

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe partners planning to build a $29 million baseball stadium in Fredericksburg (VA) for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) have gotten approval for financing from two banks, though they are still negotiating the terms, City Manager Bev Cameron said Tuesday.  Read more here.

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BlueClaws Announce First Wave of 2014 Promotions

Lakewood BlueClaws Alternative LogoPRESS RELEASE – The BlueClaws have unveiled the first wave of their 2014 promotional schedule, marking the earliest point BlueClaws fans have been able to see the promotional nights for the upcoming season. Continue reading

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Greenville Drive Name New GM

Greenville Drive LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Greenville Drive announced today that they are promoting a key front office member to lead the South Atlantic League club, as Eric Jarinko has been named as the organization’s new General Manager. Jarinko has been with the Drive since their inaugural season in 2006, most recently serving as the organization’s Assistant General Manager. In his new role, the 31-year-old will oversee the Continue reading

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Historic Duncan Park Stadium Gets Some Renovation TLC

Spartansburg Stingers LogoSpartanburg (SC) School District 7 is replacing the exterior wall at Duncan Park stadium — the first of several renovation projects planned for the historic stadium.  The ballpark was the former home for the Spartanburg Phillies (South Atlantic League) and summer collegiate Spartanburg Stingers (Coastal Plain League).  Read more hereVisit Friends of Duncan Park here.

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Council Clears Way for Project Jackson

Augusta Green Jackets LogoThe North Augusta (SC) City Council voted 6-1 Monday for third-reading approval on the ordinance that will allow the city to create a Tax Increment Financing district to fund the $144 million Project Jackson public development.  The project could include a baseball stadium for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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