The future of Smith-Wills Stadium is still up in the air, with Jackson (MS) city officials still undecided how to move forward with the property. Last year, the city brought on Tim Bennett, owner of the Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A, Southern League), to do an assessment of stadium and help determine its viability for tournaments and events. Opening in 1975, a number of affiliated and independent clubs played at the ballpark over the years. Read more here.
Eight new food items coming to five Major League ballparks include, the Nutella Egg Roll (Detroit Tigers), Ode to Detroit Dog (Detroit Tigers), The Spec-Tater (Atlanta Braves), Dilly Dog (Texas Rangers), Queen City Fried Garlic Bologna Sandwich (Cincinnati Reds), Candy Cone Waffle Cone (Cincinnati Reds), Cuban Burger (Chicago White Sox), and Gioia’s Hot Salami Sandwich (St. Louis Cardinals). Read more and see photos here.
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The owners of the St. Paul Saints (Independent Professional, American Association) are seeking an exemption from having to pay its players Minnesota’s minimum wage. The Saints say without the exemption, the baseball team runs into a problem with a league rule limiting club payrolls. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Kalamazoo Growlers officially announced today that the 2018 Northwoods League All-Star Game will be hosted in Kalamazoo on Tuesday, July 24 at Homer Stryker Field. The Northwoods League All-Star Game brings together the top talent from across the League as voted on by League coaches and media, with the best of the South Division facing off against the best of the North Division, and will be preceded by a Home Run Derby.
Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), will host the Seattle Sounders FC 2 (United Soccer League) for 17 games this season, starting Friday, March 16. A mobile pitching mound makes hosting soccer possible. Read more and watch video here.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have introduced a host of new food items at Chase Field for the 2018 season, including a hot dog hot dog topped in carne asada, french fries, guacamole, queso and pico de gallo. In the past, Chase has been the home to a bevy of hot dog options, including the cheeseburger dog, churro dog — and, naturally, churro dog 2.0. Read more and see photos here.