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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Lanphier Park/Robin Roberts Stadium (Springfield, IL)

Digital Ballparks LogoSpringfield Sliders LogoEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Lanphier Park/Robin Roberts Stadium, home of the summer collegiate Springfield Sliders (Prospect League).  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Fayetteville Officials Visit Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Fayetteville SwampDogs LogoSome Fayetteville (NC) leaders would like to copy a few pages from Durham’s (NC) playbook when it comes to downtown revitalization, including building a new ballpark.  As part of their exploratory efforts, officials visited the home of the Triple-A Durham Bulls (International League).  Read more and watch news report here.  Fayetteville currently hosts the successful summer collegiate Fayetteville SwampDogs (Coastal Plain League) at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

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Fayetteville Eyeballing Pro Ball?

Fayetteville SwampDogs LogoEarlier this year, the Fayetteville (NC) City Council quietly heard a pitch for building a minor league baseball stadium downtown.  It appears there is at least some serious interest, as council members are reportedly planning to take a field trip next week to Durham to visit, among other places, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Continue reading

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Bullfrogs See Improvements Under New Ownership

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – With a 1-0 defeat of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Sunday night, the Green Bay Bullfrogs 2014 season officially came to a close. It was a new year for the franchise in Green Bay this season as new ownership, new coaches, and new players took over and exceled on and off the field. The team’s record vastly improved from last season while the Bullfrogs set a record for Continue reading

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Dawgs’ Seaman Stadium Rocks It in the Rockies

Okotoks Dawgs Logo on BallCanada’s SportsNet recently ventured to the foothills of the Alberta Rockies to check out Seaman Stadium in Okotoks (AB) and the summer collegiate Okotoks Dawgs (Western Major Baseball League), and they discovered that Seaman Stadium has become an amazing community gathering place.  Read more and watch video report here.

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Northwoods League Breaks Attendance Record, Will Crack One Million for 2014 Season

Northwoods League Logo wo WordmarkPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League set an all-time attendance record of 973,950 fans following the games on August 3. This number tops the 2012 season when 945,861 fans came through Northwoods League ballparks. Continue reading

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Glens Falls Golden Eagles Sold to Experienced Operator

Glens Falls Golden Eagles LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced this afternoon that the Glens Falls Golden Eagles franchise has been sold to a group headed by long time baseball executive Ben Bernard. Continue reading

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RedWolves Awarded 2015 CPL All-Star Game, Logo Unveiled

Florence Red Wolves LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Coastal Plain League announced this afternoon that the Florence RedWolves have been awarded the 2015 CPL All-Star Game. The 17th annual All-Star event will make its second-ever trip to Florence, S.C., but its first to beautiful Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium on the campus of Francis Marion University. The dates are set for July 12-13, 2015. Continue reading

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Blowfish Find New Home

Columbia Blowfish BlueyThe owner of the summer collegiate Columbia Blowfish (Coastal Plain League) announced Monday that the team is moving to Lexington County (SC) for the 2015 season.  The Blowfish will play at a newly constructed baseball stadium on Ballpark Road at the site of the old Wildcat Hollow football stadium. Read more here.  View press release below: Continue reading

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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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