Record Crowd Watches Eclipse, Fireflies

A crowd of 9,629 fans – a new Spirit Communications Park record – was on hand Monday to not only view the first transcontinental solar eclipse in 99 years, but also to watch the Fireflies walk off in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Read more here.

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Channel District-Ybor for Potential Rays Ballpark?

Officials trying to lure the Tampa Bay Rays across the water are aggressively working to secure a site for a ballpark in the Channel District-Ybor City area, and hope to make an announcement soon.  Read more here.

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SeaWolves Seeking Ballpark Improvements

The Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) and Erie Events, which manages the downtown stadium, are splitting the $10,000 cost of concept design work related to a local effort to secure a $12 million state grant for various improvements.  Read more here.

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Fayetteville Breaks Ground on New Ballpark

Construction on Fayetteville’s $33 million minor league baseball stadium started symbolically Monday with about two dozen key stakeholders using gold-colored shovels to dig into land between the Prince Charles Hotel and the Amtrak station on Hay Street.  Read more here.

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Mock Reports on MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport

Joe Mock of BaseballParks.com is in Williamsport (PA) to report on the MLB Little League Classic for USA Today.  Mock takes a look at how MLB readied 91-year-old BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters (Single-A, New York-Penn League), for the big league event.  Read more here.  View gallery of MLB Players Weekend custom caps and jerseys here.

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MiLB Teams in ‘Path of Totality’ Prepare to Capitalize on Solar Eclipse Monday

On Monday, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. The ideal place to watch this phenomenon, in which the moon will obscure the sun and turn day into night, is from within the 67-mile-wide strip of near-total darkness known as the “path of totality.” Read more here.

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Gastonia Locks Down Ballpark Design Deal with Pendulum

As expected, the Gastonia (NC) City Council has voted to hire Pendulum Studio of Kansas City (MO) to the design the multi-purpose baseball stadium and events complex to be built just west of downtown.  Read more here.

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