Monthly Archives: May 2013

Astros Buying Hooks

Houston Astros New LogoCorpus Christi Hooks LogoIn 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.

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Mallards Finish Brand New Ticket Office

Madison Mallards New LogoPRESS 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

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Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Thursday (See the Box Here)

Florence Freedom LogoPRESS 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

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Top 25 Teams in Licensed Merchandise Sales

Minor League Baseball LogoPRESS 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

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Colorado Springs Newspaper Endorses Downtown Ballpark Plan

Colorado Springs Sky Sox LogoIn 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.

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Patriots Host Ballpark Comic Con

Somerset PatriotsThe indy pro Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League) hosted the first ever Ballpark Comic Con at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, May 18.  Read more hereView photo here.

A custom made comic con keepsake poster designed by Sam Guerrero from Engine [9] Studios - Somerset Patriots Facebook Photo

A custom made comic con keepsake poster designed by Sam Guerrero from Engine [9] Studios – Somerset Patriots Facebook Photo

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Reid Ryan Named Astros President

Houston Astros New LogoReid Ryan, the CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball, which operates the Triple-A Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League) and Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League), was introduced Friday as the new president of business operations of the Houston Astros.  Read more hereView photos here.

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El Paso Triple-A Baseball Hires GM

Pacific Coast LeagueMountainStar 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.

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Ryan Gates Promoted to Hot Rods General Manager, COO

Bowling Green Hot Rods LogoPRESS 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

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Feds Investigating Ramapo Ballpark Refinancing

Rockland BouldersFederal 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 hereView photo of federal raid here.

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This Week’s Promo Preview

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.

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Hillsboro Hops Unveil Uniforms

Hillsborough Hops LogoThe Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) unveiled their official home, road, and BP uniforms on Thursday at their new ballpark at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

Hillsboro Hops Facebook Page Photo

Hillsboro Hops Facebook Photo

Hillsboro Hops Facebook Page Photo

Hillsboro Hops Facebook Photo

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Ems and VooDoo Doughnuts in a Food Fight

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS 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.

Eugene Emeralds Vood Doo Donuts
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#FoodFight Comes to MiLB.com

Minor League Baseball LogoPRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball™ and MLB Advanced Media jointly announced today the launch of MiLB.com #foodfight, a socially-driven fan voting competition to determine America’s favorite MiLB ballpark concession, across 160 Minor League markets. Continue reading

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Lights On in Hillsboro

Hillsborough Hops LogoConstruction 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 hereView stadium photo here.

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North Augusta Pitches New TIF Plan for Ballpark

Augusta Green Jackets LogoNorth 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.

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Rendering Shows Gophers Playing at New Vikings Stadium

Minnesota Golden Gophers M LogoRenderings 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.

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HKS Sports Rendering – Minnesota Vikings Website

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Saints Introduce ‘Mackleboar’

St. Paul Saints Hat LogoPRESS 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

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Far Beyond Traditional Ballpark Fare at Coors Field

Colorado Rockies LogoFoodservice 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.

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Poll Provides No Boost for Cubs, Rooftop Owners

Chicago Cubs LogoNearly 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.

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Twins to Celebrate ’48 St. Paul Saints

Minnesota Twins Minnie and Paul LogoThe 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.

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Minnesota Twins Facebook Photo

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Survey to Measure Interest in New Downtown Ballpark

Colorado Springs Sky Sox LogoAt 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.

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Biloxi Intends to Borrow $21M for New Ballpark

Southern League LogoThe Biloxi (MS) City Council voted 5-2 today to announce its intent to borrow $21 million to be used toward building a new Double-A baseball stadium.  Read more here and here.

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Financial Problems Threaten Future of 78-year-Old Tournament

NBC World Series LogoAn 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.

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Las Vegas 51s Sold, New Stadium on Deck

Las Vegas 51s LogoThe 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 SummerlinRead more hereView press release here.

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Study Gives Fredericksburg Thumbs Up to Hosting Professional Baseball

Atlantic League LogoHagerstown Suns LogoAs expected, representatives from Washington (DC)-based Brailsford & Dunlavey presented to the Fredericksburg (VA) Economic Development Authority today the positive results of a study assessing the economic viability of building a new multi-use baseball stadium in the market.  Read more here.

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Foxes Leave Circuit Founded by Team Owner

Mountain Collegiate Baseball LeagueFort Collins Foxes LogoThe summer collegiate Fort Collins Foxes have left the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League because of philosophical differences over recent expansion.  The team will now play an independent schedule.  Foxes owner and general manager Kurt Colicchio founded the circuit in 2004.  Read more here.

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Sale of GreenJackets Finalized

Augusta Green Jackets LogoPRESS 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

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Some Oppose New Ballpark in Summerlin

Las Vegas 51s LogoIt is no surprise here, but some residents of Summerlin (NV) are not happy with a proposal to build a new ballpark there for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League).  Read more and view news report here.

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Concession Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

San Francisco Giants LogoConcession 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.

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El Paso Ballpark Impacting Election Outcomes?

Tucson Padres LogoThe 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.

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Spinners Announce ‘Band of Brothers’ Bobble for July

Lowell Spinners LogoPRESS 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

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Bombers Unveil 2013 Promotional Schedule

Battle Creek Bombers Secondary MarkPRESS 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

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Grizzlies Announce 2013 Promotional Schedule

Gastonia Grizzlies LogoPRESS 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

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Olsen Family at Odds Over Blue Bell Park Signage

Texas A&M LogoSteven 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

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Unhappy Concession Workers Call for Strike Authorization Vote Today

San Francisco Giants Logo OrangeRoughly 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.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Victory Field (Indianapolis, IN)

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.

Indianapolis Indians Victory Field Logo

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Doubledays GM Leaving Post for New Job

Auburn Doubledays LogoAdam 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.

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Chiefs Stadium Renamed (Bull)Dozer Park, Caterpillar Naming Rights Partner for 10 Years

Peoria Chiefs LogoPRESS 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

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The Wrigley Debate

Chicago Cubs LogoBob Nightengale from USA TODAY Sports has written a comprehensive and informative piece about the neighborhood battle raging over proposed plans to renovate Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.  It’s a good read.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.

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