Hagerstown Suns Announce Kevin Gehl as New Radio Voice

PRESS RELEASE – The Hagerstown Suns, Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to welcome Kevin Gehl as their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the 2017 season. He will serve as lead radio play-by-play announcer for the Suns in addition to his front office role as manager of media relations and multimedia outreach. Continue reading

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Fireflies Sell Out of Tim Tebow T-Shirts

The Columbia Fireflies (Single-A, South Atlantic League) announced Thursday it sold out of Tim Tebow’s No. 15 adult T-shirts less than 24 hours after it went on sale. Youth jerseys are still available on the club’s website. Read more here.  Read more and watch video about “Tebow Time” here.

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Top-Five Locations for Tampa Bay Rays Ballpark Not Available

According to principal owner Stuart Sternberg, the Tampa Bay Rays’ top-five choices for a new stadium — three in Tampa and two in St. Petersburg — are unavailable.  That may push the team’s time line for finding a new site from August to the end of 2017.  Read more here.

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Sneak Peek: The Taste of SunTrust Park

SunTrust Park’s executive chef Peter Smithing and food-service provider Delaware North opened the gates of the new stadium Thursday to offer a sneak peek at how Atlanta Braves fans will feast on game days.  Read more here.   View food photos here.

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Officials Break Ground on Residential Development at Four Winds Field

The baseball season won’t start for a couple more weeks at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs (Single-A, Midwest League), but the construction season is now underway, as officials broke ground on a $22-million housing project being built beyond the left field fence.  Read more here.  View renderings here.

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Wingnuts Make Strategic Move to Support Construction of New Ballpark

The Wichita Wingnuts (Independent Professional, American Association) support the planned construction of a new baseball stadium in downtown Wichita (KS), even if it lures affiliated ball to town.  That said, the Wingnuts believe fans would support the team in a new ballpark.  According to Wingnuts co-owner Gary Austerman:

“The quality of [Double-A ball] is no better, that’s one thing.  I do think that the Wichita Wingnuts have tried to put the best level of baseball out there, and I think that’s been a little underappreciated.”

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Top-10 MLB Ballpark Food Items for 2017

Over the past few years, baseball teams have battled for the most outrageous food items.  It’s a race that continues into the 2017 season.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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