In addition to bringing Reid Ryan aboard, the Houston Astros have announced that they’ve agreed to a letter of intent with Ryan-Sanders baseball to purchase the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League). Read more here.
Monthly Archives: May 2013
PRESS RELEASE – The Madison Mallards recently opened their brand new Feldco Ticket Office. The 1,600-square foot building was added on to the existing office at the “Duck Pond.” Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – This Thursday, May 23, when the Florence Freedom take on the Schaumburg Boomers at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium, the first 1,000 fans through the gates can get their hands on the famed Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead presented by 100.3 The Fan. [The Freedom first announced this promo back in January, so no late-to-the-party copycats here.] Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball™ announced today that its national Licensing Program, consisting of the 160 clubs in the domestic-based leagues that charge admission to their games, generated an estimated $54 million in sales of licensed merchandise last year. The 2012 figure is a 3.3% increase over 2011 and ranks as the third largest yearly total since the program’s inception in 1991. Sales Continue reading
In an editorial over the weekend, the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper endorsed a proposal to build a new downtown ballpark for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League) as a “big move” to spur downtown revitalization. Read more here.
MountainStar Sports Group has hired Brad Taylor as the new general manager of the Triple-A club relocating from Tucson (AZ) to El Paso (TX). Taylor is currently the team president and general manager of the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, announced a promotion today for General Manager Ryan Gates. The team’s third-year executive has been elevated to General Manager and Chief Operating Officer and will replace President Brad Taylor, who has accepted a leadership position with the new Triple-A team Continue reading
Federal authorities are reportedly investigating whether Ramapo’s (NY) Local Development Corp. falsely claimed assets it did not have to back the refinancing of bonds, including the $25 million bond for Provident Bank Park, home of the independent professional Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League). Read more here. View photo of federal raid here.
MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill takes a look at the upcoming best promotions in affiliated ball for the week of May 15 – 21, including the “George Brett Bobble-Arms” giveaway (Omaha Storm Chasers), “Your Head on the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor’s Body” blanket giveaway (Reading Fightin Phils), and, not mentioned by Mr. Hill, a “Goodyear Bobbleblimp” giveaway (Akron Aeros). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Emeralds are competing against 63 other minor league clubs to crown the best ballpark food item in the land. The Emerald’s contest entry is the new Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Brat which was unveiled to rave reviews at the May 4th ticket release party at PK Park.
Construction is nearing completion on the new ballpark for the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex in Hillsboro (OR). The lights were turned on for the first time on Wednesday, but work remains on the artificial turf, scoreboard, outfield berm, and other finishing touches. Read more here. View stadium photo here.
North Augusta (SC) City Officials made their second pitch to the Aiken County School Board on Tuesday night to try and sell them on a TIF (tax increment financing) plan for Project Jackson that would include a new ballpark for the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (South Atlantic League). Read more here.
Renderings of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium were unveiled on Monday, including one showing the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers playing on the stadium’s versatile playing surface. During bad weather in the spring, the Gophers will play their home games at the glacier-looking facility.
PRESS RELEASE – The St. Paul Saints are one of the most prominent Independent League Baseball teams in the country. In searching for one of their most iconic members of the 2013 family it was only appropriate they looked towards a musician who has risen to fame without using a major record label. Fans will want to flock to the Thrift Shop, but My Oh My the Saints hope Midway Continue reading
Foodservice giant Aramark is keeping Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, on the cutting edge of the ballpark food and beverage movement, with nearly 100 food outlets offering everything from Asian noodle bowls to the famed Rocky Mountain oysters — a ballpark staple for 19 years. Read more and view photos here.
Nearly half of the voters in a Chicago Tribune/WGN poll said they side with neither the Chicago Cubs nor the rooftop owners in the ongoing debate to renovate Wrigley Field. The team’s efforts were backed by 28 percent of voters, while the rooftop owners were backed by 21 percent. Read more here. Meanwhile, the Cubs have launched a new website for their renovation push.
The Minnesota Twins have unveiled the 1948 St. Paul Saints throwback jerseys the team will be wearing for their “Turn Back The Clock” game against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 30 at Target Field. For fans, throwback apparel (click on photo for a closer look) is available for purchase at the ballpark. Read more here.
At the request of Mayor Steve Bach, the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League) and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance have emailed surveys to their fans and organization members, respectively, soliciting input on a possible new downtown baseball stadium. Read more here.
An internal audit of the city-owned National Baseball Congress’ books shows its operators, the indy pro Wichita Wingnuts (American Association), are more than a quarter-million dollars in debt and two years in arrears to the city on lease payments for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Read more here.
The Summerlin Las Vegas Baseball Club LLC, a joint venture of the Howard Hughes Corp. and Play Ball Owners Group, announced Monday that they have completed the purchase of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast league) and plan to move the club from downtown to a new stadium to be built in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin. Read more here. View press release here.
PRESS RELEASE – The sale between Ripken Baseball and Agon Sports & Entertainment has been completed and approved by the South Atlantic League, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. Now the new era of GreenJackets baseball begins. Continue reading
Concession workers at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, voted 500-16 Saturday to authorize a strike, although that doesn’t mean a strike is imminent. The vote gives the union leverage, as negotiations for a new contract continue with stadium vendor, Centerplate Inc. The employees have reportedly been working without a contract for three years. Read more here.
The mayoral and three city council races in El Paso (TX) are headed toward a run0ff election on June 15, as none of the candidates for these offices received a majority of the vote on Saturday. With so many candidates running, it is hard to tell if the new downtown ballpark project played a significant role in the voting. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – One season after dedicating a POW/MIA seat in honor of all those soldiers who never returned home, the Lowell Spinners (Class-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) will partner with the WWII Foundation on a night to salute more of our heroes with “Band of Brothers” Bobble Head Giveaway Night Tuesday, July 2. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Battle Creek Bombers, members of the prestigious Northwoods League, unveiled their 2013 Promotional Schedule today, and announced that single-game tickets are now on sale for all 35 home games. Tickets may be purchased online at any time, are available by calling the Battle Creek Bombers at (269) 962-0735, or in person at the Bombers offices located at 189 Bridge Street, Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Gastonia Grizzlies Baseball Club (photo courtesy of Encaptured & Co.) announced today the promotional schedule for the 2013 season. The schedule is highlighted by Dig to China Night on July 19th. The Grizzlies are teaming up with Creative Travel in Belmont, to bury a certificate in the infield dirt for a free trip to China! The lucky fan that “Digs to China” will then board a direct Continue reading
Steven Olsen fears the name of his grandfather, Pat Olsen, is on the brink of being lost to future generations of Texas A&M Aggies, after $24 million renovation of Olsen Field last year spurred by a $7 million gift from Blue Bell Creameries. The stadium is now known as “Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.” While the Olsen name appears on certain locations of the facility, only “Blue Bell Park” Continue reading
Roughly 750 union-represented concession workers at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, have called for a strike authorization vote Saturday. They are unhappy over the progress of negotiations for a new contract with the stadium vendor, Centerplate Inc. The employees have reportedly been working without a contract for three years. Read more here.
Eric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com visit Victory Field, home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (International League). Read more and view photos here.
Adam Winslow, general manager of the Single-A Auburn Doubledays (New York-Penn League), has decided to leave his post for a new job with Johnston Paper. Winslow’s last day with the team will be May 19 — just one month before the 2013 season begins on June 17. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Peoria Chiefs and Caterpillar Inc. have announced the renaming of Peoria Chiefs Stadium to “Dozer Park” effective immediately. The agreement is part of a 10-year $2 million investment by Caterpillar in the naming rights for the ballpark in partnership with the Chiefs. Continue reading