The Empire League (Independent Professional) has announced the locations for its six franchises – the Wild, Bucks, Explorers, RedBirds, Surge, and traveling Islanders — for the upcoming 2018 season. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
It will be the biggest baseball on Vancouver Island, ready for fans to grab a Sharpie and sign their autographs. The Victoria HarbourCats (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) plan to bring a five-foot high baseball to Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park for the 2018 season. Read more here.
At least two new groups have emerged with interest in buying the Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League).
After talks stalled with a different ownership group from Georgia, three more entities have inquired about the minor-league baseball team, including two considered serious suitors. Read more here. Meanwhile, the current ownership is seeking a three-year lease extension to continue to use Municipal Stadium. Read more here.
In an effort to keep the San Francisco Giants training in the Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix have hatched a plan to move the baseball team’s year-round training program to Papago Park. The Giants will continue hosting home Spring Training games at Scottsdale Stadium, which is expected to undergo a $60-million makeover in the coming years. Read more here.
After months of anticipation, the sale has been finalized on the old St. Croix Meadows dog track site in Hudson (WI). The land sat idle for more than a decade and will now be redeveloped into a new project that will feature a baseball stadium for the new St. Croix River Hounds (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League), brewery, restaurants, office space and more. Read more here.
The Louisville Bats (Triple-A, International League) will pay homage to the city’s bourbon culture and tradition on Sunday, May 26, when the team will play as the “Louisville Mashers.” View uniforms and merchandise here.