New Spearfish (SD) Franchise Unveils Team Name and Logo

The start-up Expedition League (Summer Collegiate) announced the team name for the Spearfish franchise will be the Sasquatch.  Greg Streeter, under the direction of Rob Henry of The HomeSlice Group, designed the logo.  The team colors are black, silver and blue.  Read more here.

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Portland Back in the MLB Game?

Former Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster Mike Barrett is part of a management group leading the charge to secure financing for a stadium and bring Major League Baseball to Portland (OR).   Read more here.  Where might a stadium be built?

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Pawtucket City Council Votes to Approve Ballpark Resolution

At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Pawtucket (RI) City Council approved a resolution encouraging the General Assembly to allow the city to bond up to $15 million for the cost of the proposed Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) stadium.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Ironmen Sold, Relocated to Saginaw

The Lorain County Ironmen franchise has been sold and moved to Saginaw (MI). The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League team will be known as the Saginaw Sugar Beets.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Mayor: We’ll Do What We Can to Persuade Owners to Keep BayBears in Town

Mobile (AL) Mayor Sandy Stimpson said Tuesday that he doesn’t consider it a done deal that the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) baseball team will relocated to Huntsville (AL) after the 2018 season.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the link.

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All-Girls School to Take Up Residence at Boulders’ Ballpark?

Ramapo (NY) town officials Tuesday offered an embattled New Hempstead private school the use of space in the town’s baseball stadium for classrooms for up to 400 girls.  Read more here.  UPDATE:  Read more here.

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Northwoods League Announces Executive and Organization of the Year

PRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League has announced that John Bollinger, GM of the Bismarck Larks, has been named the 2017 Northwoods League Executive of the Year. The award, which was decided by a vote of team officials at the League’s annual fall meetings last week in Willmar, MN is given annually to the League’s outstanding executive. In another vote, the Bismarck Larks were awarded the Organization of the Year award. Continue reading

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