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MoonPup to MoonDog to (Hopefully) Front Office Pro Dog

Mankato MoonDogs LogoCharlie Snelson has been a member of the summer collegiate Mankato MoonDogs (Northwoods League) organization since he was 11.  Now 21, Snelson is preparing to venture out beyond the Dog Pound as he finishes up his sports management degree at Mankato State University before next season.  Read more here.  View photos here and here.

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Second Episode of ‘Northwoods League Now’ to Air This Weekend on Fox Sports Channels

Northwoods League Logo wo WordmarkPRESS RELEASE – The second installment of Northwoods League Now will air this weekend on Fox Sports North and FS Wisconsin. The show highlights the many unique stories in the Northwoods League as well as the on field action. Continue reading

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Perfect Game League Adds Saugerties Stallions for 2015

Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball LeaguePRESS RELEASE – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League owners met in Elmira, NY prior to the PGCBL All Star Game on July 14th and named Marty Radford as the owner of the new team that begins play in Saugerties, NY in 2015. Continue reading

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It’s the ‘Kenosha Sockets’ for ‘What If’ Night Tonight

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The theme of the night will be Sockets “What If” Night. Back in late 2013 when Kenosha Baseball went through it’s “Name the Team” contest with the Kenosha community, the “Sockets” was a popular team name option that made it to the final round of name possibilities for the Kenosha Baseball team.

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A Record 6,064 Turn Out for Growlers, America

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadPRESS RELEASE – On Red, White, and Boom Night, the Kalamazoo Growlers recorded one of the largest crowds in Summer Collegiate baseball history, a record 6,064 fans packed the stands this Fourth of July. Continue reading

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Stadium Authority Behind on Butler (PA) Ballpark Payments

Butler Blue Sox LogoThe city of Butler’s cash-strapped Parks and Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority, often referred to as the stadium authority, has missed three mortgage payments, each of about $9,000, on a $1.7 million mortgage for Kelly Automotive Park, more commonly known as Pullman Park.  The ballpark is home of the summer collegiate Butler BlueSox (Prospect League). Continue reading

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Valley Baseball League to Add Charlottesville in 2015

Valley Baseball League LogoSummer collegiate baseball will return to Charlottesville (VA) for the first time since 1974, when a new Valley Baseball League franchise will begin play there in June of 2015.  The team will play at the baseball facility at Charlottesville High School.  Read more here.  Thanks to Mark Tobin for the news.

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First-Year Mid-Plains League to Hold First-Ever All-Star Game

Mid-Plains League Logo (2)PRESS RELEASE – The Mid-Plains League will hold it’s first league All-Star Game on Saturday July 5th at 7:00 pm at Rathert Stadium in Junction City, Kansas. Continue reading

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Kelowna Falcons Raise Impressive $21,000 for Firefighters

Kelowna Falcons LogoPRESS RELEASE – A terrific crowd at Elks Stadium was treated to fireworks, an amazing marching band and even dancing firefighters on Thursday night. The Kelowna Falcons hosted the 3rd Annual Firefighters Night that included all ticket sales and sponsorship money being donated to the Professional Firefighters Charitable Society.  Over $21,000 was raised and donated on Thursday night, Continue reading

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Single-A Kernels in Talks to Buy Summer Collegiate Bucks

Cedar Rapids Kernels LogoWaterloo Bucks LogoThe Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) are in talks to buy the summer collegiate Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League).  The purchase has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball.  There are still a few other hoops to jump through here, but it looks like a done deal.  Read more and view news report here.

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Kingfish GM to Sleep Aboard Bambino, Human Cannonball, and a Mini King Elvis Bobble

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish have announced “Guaranteed Win Night” at historic Simmons Field for Monday, June 30th. Having won 10 of their last 14, the Kingfish are confidently offering a free ticket to any Kingfish home game between Wednesday, July 2nd and Wednesday, July 9th to all fans in attendance if the team loses to the Lakeshore Chinooks on the Continue reading

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Kingfish Announce New Assistant GM, ‘Turn Back the Clock Night’ Scheduled for June 28

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish are delighted to announce Nick Heyerdahl as the team’s new Assistant General Manager. Heyerdahl started with the Kingfish as a Corporate Account Manager where he focused primarily on outside ticket sales, which included meetings with CEO’s and decision-makers regarding employee outings and client entertainment. Continue reading

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Bullfrogs to Host Salute to Agriculture Night

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs, in cooperation with Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, will host Salute Ag Night with the Bullfrogs at Joannes Stadium on Thursday, June 26th, for the Bullfrogs game against the Madison Mallards. Continue reading

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Bullfrogs to Host ‘Cheese Curdfest’ at Joannes Stadium

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs are pleased to announce that they will be hosting Cheese Curdfest at Joannes Stadium at the end of the summer in August. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be a fun, family, event that will provide those in the Green Bay area with a new family entertainment option, while providing an educational element for those in attendance. Continue reading

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Texas Collegiate League Wins Judgment

Texas Collegiate League LogoThe Texas Collegiate Baseball League has won a $2.9 million judgment in a civil case that accused a group of former teams of violating state antitrust laws.  Read more here.

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Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin to Air Northwoods League Show

Northwoods League Logo wo WordmarkPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League is proud to announce that a new monthly show, entitled Northwoods League Now, highlighting the league both on and off the field will debut on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin on Sunday, June 15. A total of four shows will air monthly during the summer with the final show airing in mid-August. Continue reading

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New Green Bay Ballpark Back on the Table

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2In an effort to block Walmart’s proposed store in the city’s downtown, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt reportedly is pitching the idea of instead using the site for a new baseball stadium.  Read more here.

Rendering of new waterfront ballpark proposed by original owners of the Green Bay Bullfrogs

Rendering of new waterfront ballpark proposed by original owner of the summer collegiate Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northoods League)

 

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Hamilton Joes Explore Building New Downtown Ballpark

Hamilton Joes LogoThe summer collegiate Hamilton Joes (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) are looking to build a new downtown baseball stadium. The ballpark would have 2,500 to 3,000 seats and cost between $7.5 million and $10 million, according to Hamilton (OH) architect Mike DingeldeinRead more here.

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A Strong Home Opener for Oilers, Newly Renovated Bradner Stadium Gets a New Logo

Olean OilersA reported 2,000 fans showed up at newly renovated Bradner Stadium Friday night for the Olean Oilers’ (New York Collegiate Baseball League) home opener.  Read more hereView photo gallery hereView Facebook photo here.  To compliment the ballpark’s renovations, a new logo designed by a local community college student will soon adorn the back of Bradner’s press box facing East State Street.  Read more and view photo here.

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Pippins Open Inaugural Season in Front of 3,209

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryAn announced crowd of 3,209 turned out Friday night at “The Orchard” (Yakima County Stadium) to watch the summer collegiate Yakima Valley Pippins (West Coast League) play their first-ever game.  The turnout was larger than any game the then-Single-A Yakima Bears (Northwest League) (now Hillsboro Hops) drew in their 23rd and final season at the ballpark in 2012.  Read more here.

Mascot Scott T. Pippin at inaugural home opener, Yakima Valley Pippins Twitter photo

Mascot Scott T. Pippin at inaugural home opener, Yakima Valley Pippins Twitter photo

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Bravehearts Win Inaugual Home Opener in Front of 1,109

Worcester Bravehearts LogoThe summer collegiate Worcester Bravehearts (Futures League) won their inaugural home opener Thursday night against the Pittsfield Suns in front of 1,109 fans at Hanover Insurance Park.  Read more here.

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West Coast League Unveils New Website, Announces Partnership with Black Ball Ferry Line

West Coast League LogoPRESS RELEASE – With the start of the West Coast League’s 10th season only days away, the League is excited to announce a partnership with Black Ball Ferry Line that will see the Coho Ferry designated as the “Preferred Ferry of the West Coast League” for the 2014 season. Continue reading

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Man Tries Hand at Crowdfunding to Bring Team to Loeb Stadium

Prospect League LogoAaron Parrish is attempting to raise money via online crowdfunding to bring a summer collegiate Prospect League team he’s called the “Conductors” to Loeb Stadium in Lafayette (IN).  The money would be used for start-up costs and covering the circuit’s $175,000 franchise fee.  Parrish is currently working alone but is open to creating an ownership group.  Read more here.

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First-Year Bravehearts Prepare for Inaugural Home Opener Thursday

Worcester Bravehearts LogoThe summer collegiate Worcester Bravehearts, the latest entry in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, will play their first game at Torrington (CT) Wednesday against the Torrington Titans and take on the Pittsfield Suns Thursday in their home opener at Hanover Insurance Park.  Read more here.

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Redding Colt. 45s Begin 2014 Season at Improved Tiger Field

Redding Colt .45s LogoThe independent summer collegiate Redding Colt .45s have renovated Tiger Field in time for the 2014 season.  Read more and watch video here.  We’re not sure of the status of the former Travis Credit Union Park in Vacaville (CA) that was sold, dismantled and relocated to Redding (CA) several years ago but has yet to be reconstructed.

Tiger Field renovations, Redding Colt .45s Facebook photo

Tiger Field renovations, Redding Colt .45s Facebook photo

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Kenosha Kingfish Reel in 3,218 Fans for Inaugural Home Opener at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoThe summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) dropped their inaugural home opener 11-7 in extra innings to the Mankato MoonDogs, but that didn’t spoil the fun for the sellout crowd of 3,218 who showed up to watch their new team and experience the impressively renovated historic Simmons Field.  Read more here.  Compare this to the one-year-and-gone indy pro Kenosha Mammoths (Frontier League) game we attended at Simmons back in 2003.  View our photos here.

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck on home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck during home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

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Growlers Break NWL Record Attendance for First-Ever Home Game with 4,910

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadThe summer collegiate Kalamazoo Growlers (Northwoods League) are off to a fantastic start, as 4,910 fans showed up at Homer Stryker Field Friday night for the team’s first-ever home opener.  According to league chief Dick Radatz, Jr., “I think we may have the largest opening night in a team’s first year in summer collegiate history.  It’s certainly the biggest in the Northwoods League.”  Read more hereView photo gallery hereView news report here.

Inaugural Opening Day, Kalamazoo Growlers Twitter photo

Inaugural Opening Day, Kalamazoo Growlers Twitter photo

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Woodchucks Open Newly Renovated Ballpark

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoThe summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) held their home opener Friday night in front of 1,751 at newly renovated Athletic Park in Wausau (WI).  The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters defeated the Woodchucks 8-4 to keep the home team winless at 0-4, but let’s focus on the ballpark renovations designed by PendulumView Twitter photos hereView the old Athletic Park here.

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

 

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Frozen Theme Night and Fireworks Friday in Columbia

Columbia Blowfish BlueyPRESS RELEASE – Friday night’s weather forecast for Capital City Stadium is Cold to Very Cold as the Blowfish salute the wildly popular Disney movie Frozen! Continue reading

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Sharks Showcase Ballpark Renovations During Home Opener

Wilmington Shark New Logo 1Fans of the summer collegiate Wilmington Sharks (Coastal Plain League) entered Buck Hardee Field on Wednesday for the home opener with excitement not only for baseball but also to see the park’s renovations, including a new scoreboard, new box seating, new backstop and netting installation, and replacement of the current audio system.  Read more hereView photo gallery here.

Buck Hardee Field renovation photo, Wilmington Sharks Facebook page

Buck Hardee Field renovations photo, Wilmington Sharks Facebook page

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Pippins Unveil Inaugural Uniforms

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryThe summer collegiate Yakima Valley Pippins (West Coast League) unveiled their inaugural 2014 season uniforms on Wednesday, May 28, at the Yakima Valley Museum.  View photo gallery here.

The Yakima Valley Pippins unveil their inaugural uniforms, Pippins Facebook and Twitter photo

The Yakima Valley Pippins unveil their inaugural uniforms, Pippins Facebook and Twitter photo

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First-Year Kingfish to Give Away First-Ever Bobblehead

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – Thursday, May 29th, marks the debut of the very first Kingfish Bobblehead giveaway. The event will take place at Festival Foods, located at 3207 80th Street in Kenosha. The Kingfish will be giving away King Elvis the First Bobbleheads to the first 1,000 customers who purchase two or more pounds of bratwurst from Festival Foods. The giveaway will start at 9:00 a.m. Continue reading

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More on Steve Schmitt & Co.’s Growing Summer Collegiate Empire

BTB LogoWe’ve already mentioned Steve Schmitt and his Big Top Baseball’s growing summer collegiate empire, but you might want to check out three recent and informative articles about the group, as the first-year Kenosha Kingfish and newly acquired Green Bay Bullfrogs — both of the summer collegiate Northwoods League — kick off the 2014 season.  Read here, here, and hereView Simmons Field renovation gallery here.

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New Owners, New Season for Bullfrogs

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2The new owners of the  summer collegiate Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League) are gearing up for the 2014 season, with about $70,000 in offseason upgrades to Joannes Stadium.  Improvements include a new main entrance down the left-field line, an open-air concessions building near the third-base side, and the replacement of the chain link fence behind home plate.  Read more here.

Concrete being laid for new Festival Foods Grill, Green Bay Bullfrogs Twitter photo

Concrete being laid for new Festival Foods Grill, Green Bay Bullfrogs Twitter photo

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Athletic Park Renovations Nearing Completition

Wisconsin Woodchucks New Logo 2010The renovations being done to the historic Wausau (WI) home of the summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) are nearing completion.  We’ve always loved Athletic Park as it was, but these improvements should take the franchise to a whole new level.  The Woodchucks home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 30.  View renderings from Pendulum here.

Athletic Park renovations nearing completion, Wisconsin Woodchucks Twitter photo

Athletic Park renovations nearing completion, Wisconsin Woodchucks Twitter photo

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Kinston’s Grainger Stadium Still Sits Empty

Kinston Indians New Logo 2010Ever since the Single-A Kinston Indians (Carolina League) fled Grainger Stadium for greener pastures in 2011, city officials have been working to find a replacement to anchor the ballpark.  Meanwhile, they are doing their best to keep the facility busy.  Read more and watch news report here.  With a population under 25,000, we still believe the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League is Kinston’s best bet.

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Grizzlies Unveil Tuxedo Uniforms

Gastonia Grizzlies LogoPRESS RELEASE – Summer collegiate baseball teams will open their seasons around the country this weekend, but one team has taken the formality of Opening Day to a whole new level! Continue reading

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Three CPL Ballparks to Host USA-Japan International Friendship Series

Coastal Plain LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Coastal Plain League announced today that three of its ballparks will host games of USA-Japan International Friendship Series this summer. Continue reading

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Pink Fireworks, Pink Everything Else for Blowfish Breast Cancer Awareness Opening Night

Columbia Blowfish BlueyPRESS RELEASE – When the Columbia Blowfish take the field in their 2014 season opener on May 28th at 7:05pm against the Gastonia Grizzlies, they’ll be decked out in pink sleeves and socks, and they’ll be swinging pink bats as they team up with the State Fair and the Midlands’ healthcare community. Continue reading

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Navs Helicopter Golf Ball Drop for Charity

North Shore Navigators New Logo The summer collegiate North Shore Navigators (Futures League) hope to sell 1,500 numbered golf balls for $20 each for a unique golf ball raffle for charity.  On Sunday, June 29, the golf balls will be dropped onto the playing surface at Fraser Field from a hovering helicopter.  Prizes will be awarded based on distance from the “pin.”  Proceeds will go to Lynn Babe Ruth League and the Lynn Shore Little League.

North Shore Navigators Golf Ball Drop for Charity

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