A summer collegiate Coastal Plain League franchise will take up residence at Grayson Stadium when the Savannah Sand Gnats (Single-A, South Atlantic League) depart for a new ballpark in Columbia (SC) after the 2015 season. The team will be owned by Jesse Cole and Fans First Entertainment, who will continue to own the Gastonia Grizzlies and manage the Martinsville Mustangs in the CPL. Watch news reports here and here.
Recently saved historic Civic Stadium in Eugene is considered a complete loss after a fire engulfed it Monday, sending flames shooting high into the evening air. The 78-year-old ballpark served as the home of the Eugene Emeralds (Single-A, Northwest League) from 1969-2009. Read more here. View photos here and here.
More renovations are planned for Muzzy Field, home of the first-year Bristol Blues (Summer Collegiate, Futures Collegiate Baseball League), after baseball season ends. The $1.5 million second phase of improvements for the 101-year-old ballpark include putting a new press box behind home plate, extending the roof over the first baseline grandstand and even a new Wrigley Field-style sign with the name of the park. Read more here.
David P. Kronheim from NumberTamer.com has released his Major League Baseball attendance analysis for the 2014 season. Mr. Kronheim has been kind enough to share his data with us over the last few years, and we have posted his MLB and MiLB reports at the bottom of our Attendance Rankings page. You can view his 2014 Major League Baseball Attendance Analysis here.
Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited Monongalia County Ballpark, the new home of the West Virginia Black Bears (Single-A, New York-Penn League) and West Virginia University Mountaineers (Big-12). Mr. Mock’s comprehensive review covers the stadium’s development, design and construction, amenities, concessions, and overall fan experience. Read more and view photos here.
For those who didn’t hear this earlier, MKE Sports & Entertainment was forced to terminate its managed service contract with the Rockford Aviators (Indy Pro, Frontier League), after Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee ruled that the contract violated the league bylaws because the owner of MKE, Michael Zimmerman, owns two teams in the summer collegiate Prospect League. Read more here.
MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of June 24 – June 30, including “Zombie Apocalypse Night” (Inland Empire 66ers), “Halfway to Christmas Night” with Mike Trout snow globe giveaway (Cedar Rapids Kernels), and “A Salute to American Muscle Military Appreciation Night” with Albert Belle Bobble Bicep giveaway (Akron RubberDucks). Read more here.