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Barons Receive ‘Real’ Ballpark Award

Birmingham Barons LogoIt’s no “virtual” award here.  Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com was at Regions Field Saturday to present the 2013 Baseballparks.com Ballpark Of The Year award to the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) and the city of Birmingham (AL) for their impressive one-year-old, 8,500-seat baseball stadium.  Read more here.

Joe Mock presents the 2013 BaseballParks.com Ballpark of the Year Award to Don Logan, one of the owners of the Barons.

Joe Mock presents the 2013 BaseballParks.com Ballpark Of The Year Award to Don Logan, one of the owners of the Barons.

 

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Jacksonville Suns to Sport Vintage, All-Yellow Unis Sunday

Jacksonville Suns LogoPRESS RELEASE – On Easter Sunday, April 20th, the Jacksonville Suns will unveil their brand new all-yellow alternate uniforms as the suns take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 3:05pm. Continue reading

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Huntsville Councilman: Stars Violating Maintenance Provisions of Ballpark Lease

Huntsville Stars LogoHuntsville City Councilman Bill Kling is raising concerns over maintenance at Joe Davis Stadium just weeks before the Biloxi-bound Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) begin their final season in the Rocket City.  He says the Stars have not lived up to their lease agreement at the ballpark, which specifies that the team maintain the scoreboard and public address system.  Read more here.

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Generals Unveil 2014 Promo Schedule

Jackson Generals LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Jackson Generals are excited to unveil their 2014 promotional schedule. The promotional schedule is highlighted by 13 Fireworks shows, Dollar Thursday presented by MobileNation along with the new Flat Screen Fridays and Family Fun Day Sundays. Continue reading

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Biloxi Council Votes to Finance Baseball Stadium

Huntsville Stars LogoThe standing-room-only crowd at City Hall cheered when the Biloxi (MS) City Council closed the meeting Tuesday after voting 5-2 to issue a $21 million bond to build a new downtown stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Historic Tinker Field Gets Reprieve

Orlando RaysFaced with a public backlash, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Monday put the brakes on a plan to tear down the grandstands and buildings at historic Tinker Field — at least for now.  Read more here.  The field first hosted baseball in 1914.  The Single-A Orlando Rays (Southern League) moved from Tinker to Cracker Jack Stadium/Champion Stadium in 2000 before relocating to Montgomery (AL) in 2004.

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Barons Announce Details for 19th Rickwood Classic

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons and Friends of Rickwood will welcome baseball fans back to legendary Rickwood Field for the 19th Annual Rickwood Classic presented by State Farm Insurance® and YP. Continue reading

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Vote on New Biloxi Ballpark Delayed

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Biloxi (MS) City Council likely won’t decide Tuesday night whether to issue a $21 million bond to build a downtown baseball stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League), as one of the council members is on duty with the National Guard and unavailable.  The vote on the bond, hiring the architect and three other baseball resolutions will likely be scheduled for early next week.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Vote Next Tuesday

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Biloxi (MS) Council is expected to vote next Tuesday whether to issue $21 million in bonds to build a minor league baseball stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Lookouts to Host 2014 Southern League All-Star Game, Logo Unveiled

Chattanooga_LookoutsPRESS RELEASE – The Chattanooga Lookouts are excited to announce that the organization will host the 2014 Southern League All-Star Game presented by Coca-Cola and EPB Fiber Optics at AT&T Field. The 38th annual Southern League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:15 p.m. with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. This is the first time the Lookouts have hosted the event since Continue reading

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Biloxi Celebrates New Ballpark with Groundbreaking Ceremony

Huntsville Stars LogoSeveral hundred baseball fans turned out Thursday afternoon for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new downtown Biloxi (MS) baseball stadium for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more and watch news report here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Biloxi Ballpark Groundbreaking Next Week

Huntsville Stars LogoThe groundbreaking for the new downtown Biloxi (MS) ballpark for the relocating Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) is set for Thursday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m.  Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to be on hand for the ceremony.  Read more here.

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

Biloxi Ballpark Rendering, Dale Partners Architects

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Southern League Approves Sale of Stars

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Double-A Southern League announced Friday that it has approved the sale of the Huntsville Stars, which are slated to move to a new downtown ballpark in Biloxi (MS) in 2015.  The franchise is being sold by a group led by Miles Prentice to a group led by Ken Young.  The sale must also be approved by both Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball to be final.  Read more here.

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Budget Challenges Could Challenge Upgrades to ‘The Hank’

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoThe Double-A Mobile BayBears (Southern League) reportedly want in “excess of $1 million” in upgrades to the 17-year-old Hank Aaron Stadium, but the city’s budget situation could prevent the team from moving forward with projects to improve the city-owned facility.  Read more here.

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Huntsville Stars Allowed to Move to Biloxi

Huntsville Stars LogoThe 10 team owners from the Double-A Southern League reportedly voted Wednesday to allow the sale and relocation of the Huntsville Stars to the developing new ballpark in downtown Biloxi (MS).  Read more and view news report here.

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Biloxi Delays Ballpark Vote, Huntsville Stars Targeted

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi City Council has delayed a vote on a new minor league baseball stadium while those working to bring a team to the city are in Orlando at the Major League Baseball’s winter meetings.  Read more here Miles Prentice, majority owner of Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League), has reportedly been in negotiations with Ken Young, who wants to buy and move the team to Biloxi.  Read more here

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Smokies Announce Major Television Partnership

Tennessee Smokies Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Smokies will air 22 consecutive weeks of programming on WKNX beginning April 5, 2014 and tentatively concluding on August 30,2014. The yet to be named show airing every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM will be a behind the scenes look at the 2014 Smokies baseball team and the fun things that abound at Smokies Stadium. The show will take fans into the clubhouse with the players, Continue reading

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Permit Approved for Biloxi Ballpark Project

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi (MS) Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a 6,000-seat minor league baseball stadium with a 350-car garage and a pedestrian bridge over U.S. 90.  Read more here.

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BayBears Host Inaugural Backyard BBQ Cook-Off at Hank Aaron Stadium

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoPRESS RELEASE – The BayBears are hosting the first annual BayBears Backyard BBQ at Hank Aaron Stadium on November 9 and 10th 2013. The best amateur cooks in the area will battle it out over barbecue ribs, chicken and Boston butt! Continue reading

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Newspaper Poll Shows Support for New Downtown Huntsville Ballpark

Huntsville Stars LogoIn an unscientific online poll on AL.com, the largest block of voters selected a new downtown ballpark as their top choice to replace the soon-to-be-closed Holiday Inn across from Big Spring International Park.  The city, which owns the land, plans to solicit redevelopment proposals next spring.  Read more here.

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Field at Smokies Park Undergoes Renovation

Tennessee Smokies Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – Work has begun on a major field renovation at Smokies Park. The project will be completed this fall and the field will be ready for the start of the Tennessee Smokies 2014 season. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Rickwood Field (Birmingham, AL)

Digital Ballparks LogoEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com visit historic Rickwood Field, former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern Association/ League), Birmingham Black Barons (Negro Leagues), and current home of the annual Rickwood ClassicRead more and view huge photo gallery hereVisit the Friends of Rickwood website here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Plan Approved!

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi (MS) City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2 to approve a ballpark financing package that will bring a yet-to-be-named Double-A Southern League team to downtown.  Read more here.  One writer speculates about the franchise relocating to Biloxi.  The Huntsville Stars top the list.  Read more here.

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Biloxi Ballpark Vote Next Tuesday

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi (MS) city council will vote next Tuesday on whether to back a $21 million bond to help finance construction of a downtown baseball stadium for a Double-A Southern League franchise.  The vote will come after a public hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. at City Hall.  The state has already approved a $15 million grant for the project.  Read more here.

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Generals’ Field Renovations Should Wrap Up Today

Jackson Generals LogoThe playing surface at The Ballpark at Jackson (formerly Pringles Park), home of the Double-A Jackson Generals (Southern League), is getting a makeover.  Installation of the new drainage and sod should be completed Tuesday.  The Generals had multiple games canceled or rescheduled last season due to unplayable field conditions.  Read more hereView more photos here.

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Mixed-Use Facility Makes Most Sense for Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville Stars LogoChad Emerson, the new CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc., says that a proposed new downtown Huntsville (AL) ballpark for the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League) should be a mixed-use facility.  Read more here

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Biloxi Team Owner-To-Be Seeking Action on Ballpark Proposal

Southern League LogoMinor-league team owner Ken Young said Thursday that he’s hoping for a vote by the end of the month on the proposed new downtown Biloxi (MS) stadium so it can be built in time for the start of the 2015 season.  With the first pitch just 18 months away, Young said “it’s important for us to get moving on it.”  Read more here.

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Generals’ Harris Named 2013 Southern League Broadcaster of the Year

Jackson Generals LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Southern League announced today that Chris Harris, “The Voice of the Generals,” has been named its 2013 Radio Broadcaster of the Year, as selected by his peers and the league’s general managers. Harris receives this award in his fifth year with the Jackson Generals as the team’s Manager of Media Relations and Broadcasting. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Hank Aaron Stadium (Mobile, AL)

Mobile Bay Bears New LogoEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Double-A Mobile BayBears (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Ballpark Consistent with Comprehensive Plan

Southern League LogoPlans for a minor league baseball stadium and neighboring commercial development in downtown Biloxi (MS) are consistent with the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan, the Biloxi Planning Commission unanimously agreed Thursday.  Read more here.

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Consultant Gives Biloxi Ballpark Project High Marks

Southern League LogoChicago-based Johnson Consulting, the firm hired by the city of Biloxi (MS) to do a study on the proposed new downtown minor league baseball stadium, presented their findings to the city council Tuesday afternoon.  Not surprisingly, the firm gave the project a big thumbs up.  Read more here.

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Birmingham’s Regions Field Named BaseballParks.com’s Ballpark of the Year

Joe Mock BaseballParksPRESS RELEASE – Interest has been incredibly high in the ballpark that opened in Birmingham, Alabama in April. Locals have been keenly interested in all aspects of the new park, so much so that the server that hosts BaseballParks.com crashed when so many Alabamans flocked to read the site’s in-depth ballpark review the day it was posted. Continue reading

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Firm to Present Study to Biloxi Council

Southern League LogoChicago-based Johnson Consulting, the firm hired by the city of Biloxi (MS) to do a study on the proposed new downtown minor league baseball stadium, will reportedly present their findings at Tuesday’s city council meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.  Read more here.

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Jackson Council Approves Funding for Ballpark Field Improvements

Jackson Generals LogoThe Jackson (TN) City Council on Tuesday approved $190,000 in funding to replace the playing surface and drainage at The Ballpark at Jackson (formerly Pringles Park), home of the Double-A Jackson Generals (Southern League).  Read more and watch news report here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (Hoover, AL)

Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Biloxi Looks to 2015

Southern League LogoThe developing baseball stadium project in Biloxi (MS) appears to be alive and well, but as the window closes for 2014, Overtime Sports chief Tim Bennett says “It’s getting to the point where we may have to look at 2015, or try to start the season in another city and move it to Biloxi at mid-season next year.”  Read more here and here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Regions Field (Birmingham, AL)

Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Regions Field, the new home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Huntsville Calls On Birmingham

Huntsville Stars LogoThe Double-A Birmingham Barons (Southern League) recently hosted a delegation from Huntsville (AL) led by Mayor Tommy Battle to give them a tasty look at the new Regions Field.  The mayor is exploring the possibility of a downtown replacement for outdated Joe Davis Stadium, home of the Double-A Huntsville Stars (Southern League).  Read more here and here.

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Biloxi Takes Next Ballpark Steps

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi (MS) City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution by a 4-2 vote to borrow $21 million to help fund construction of a $35 million minor-league baseball stadium.  Read more here.

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Rally for New Biloxi Ballpark

Southern League LogoAn estimated 300 people braved the high temperatures Friday afternoon to turn out in support of the Biloxi’s proposed minor-league baseball stadium project.  Read more here.  In addition to hosting an affiliated club, the new ballpark could attract major college baseball programs.  Read more here

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