Express-News Editorial Board: Be Cautious About Public Financing for Ballpark, Soccer a Priority

San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) President Burl Yarbrough told Express-News reporter Tom Orsborn, “While we have not yet determined what the specific baseball stadium needs are to advance to Triple-A, nor have we secured private sector development partners or a stadium development plan, we will begin the process immediately.”  Read more here.

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Tourists to be ‘Asheville Hippies” Thursday Night, Will Don Tie-Dye Unis

PRESS RELEASE – This Thursday, June 29, 2017 McCormick Field will become the home of the Asheville Hippies. For one night only, the team will wear custom jerseys with a Tourists colored tie-dye theme and the word “Hippies” across the chest as they take on the Greenville baseball team. Continue reading

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IronPigs to be ‘Whiz Kids’ Thursday Night, Will Sport Special Uniforms

PRESS RELEASE – The IronPigs will change their name to the “Whiz Kids” for “Salute to Philadelphia Night” on Thursday, June 29 at 7:05 p.m., paying homage to both the Phillies’ legendary 1950 team and Philly’s love affair with all things Cheesesteaks, including Cheese Whiz! Continue reading

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‘Turn Back the Clock Night’ Tonight in Norfolk

The Norfolk Tides (Triple-A, International League) will be holding “Turn Back the Clock Night” Tuesday night and will sport Norfolk Tars jerseys and offer 50-cent hot dogs, sodas and popcorn.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Grainger Stadium (Kinston, NC)

Joe Mock BaseballParksJoe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited Grainger Stadium, home of the Down East Wood Ducks (Single-A, Carolina League).  Read more and view photos here.

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Colorado Springs Gazette Sports Columnist Takes Swing at Elmore, Rockies

Triple-A baseball in Colorado Springs was not built to last.  And, as we know, it will not last.  The Triple-A version of the Sky Sox is fleeing to San Antonio in 2019, ending three decades in the Springs.  The Elmore family, owners of the Sky Sox, use altitude to justify the departure.  Read more here.

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Rhode Island Governor to Support PawSox Ballpark Legislation

Gov. Gina Raimondo said Monday that she supports new legislation to be introduced Tuesday about how the state, city and Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) would finance a new baseball stadium because it addresses her concerns about whether Pawtucket (RI) would backstop its financial commitment if anticipated revenues fall short.  Read more here.  UPDATE: Read more here.

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