Start-Up Expedition League Announces Casper Franchise

The start-up Expedition League announced the arrival of its Casper (WY) franchise. The team, owned by Chuck and Mayra Heeman, will play at Mike Lansing Field. The ballpark is the former home of the Casper Ghosts (Rookie, Pioneer League), which departed for Grand Junction (CO) after the 2011 season.  Read press release here.

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Commissioned Montreal Baseball Stadium Designs Revealed

Montreal baseball fans are getting excited after hearing architecture firm Provencher Roy has created a series of designs for a potential stadium downtown.  Read more and view designs here.

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Sod Goes Down at New Rosemont Ballpark

Roger Bossard, the head Chicago White Sox groundskeeper who’s become known as “The Sodfather,” helped lay down the first pieces of sod Tuesday at the new Chicago Dogs (Independent Professional, American Association) stadium under construction in Rosemont (IL).  Read more and watch video here.

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A New Way to Rank MLB Ballparks

Joe Mock from talks with Max Schleicher from the start-up firm in Chicago called ReviewTrackers.  Max explains that the company, among other things, analyzes online reviews of products and services to assess “customer service insights.”  Using the company’s data collection and analysis capabilities, there is now a new way to rank MLB ballparks.  Read more here.  See ReviewTrackers’ MLB stadium ranking here.

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Baseball America’s 2018 MLB/MiLB Affiliation Chart

Josh Norris from Baseball America takes a look at the affiliation shuffle and what’s going on in the world of player development contracts.  Read more here.

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KU Seeking $12 Million for Hoglund Ballpark Overhaul

The University of Kansas will ask the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday to approve a $12 million overhaul of the Jayhawks’ baseball stadium.  The upgrades contemplated include removing the metal bleachers to make room for 2,000 stadium seats and eight luxury boxes, new concessions and restrooms, a new press box, and an updated clubhouse.  Read more here.

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Crosscutters, Phillies Extend PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Williamsport Crosscutters and Philadelphia Phillies jointly announced that they have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) for two years covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons. “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Phillies,” said Cutters Principal Owner Peter Freund. “We look forward to continuing our successful and strategic partnership for years to come” Continue reading

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