Category Archives: Awards & Recognition

Northwoods League Announces Executive and Organization of the Year

PRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League has announced that John Bollinger, GM of the Bismarck Larks, has been named the 2017 Northwoods League Executive of the Year. The award, which was decided by a vote of team officials at the League’s annual fall meetings last week in Willmar, MN is given annually to the League’s outstanding executive. In another vote, the Bismarck Larks were awarded the Organization of the Year award. Continue reading

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Latest on Hamtramck’s Revival

Historic preservation, like baseball, involves some swings and misses.  Just ask the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, the group trying to save Hamtramck’s (MI) historic Negro League ballpark.  Read more here.

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Happy 20th! Celebrates Milestone

Joe Mock BaseballParksIt has been 20 years since our industry colleague Joe Mock launched  In a piece penned today, Mock reminisces about the challenges of the early Internet days, talks about the many wonderful industry people he’s had the opportunity to engage over the past two decades, and even slips in a couple entertaining shots at “scoundrels” and a copy cat.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Business Releases 2017 Attendance Mega-Rankings

The Ballpark Business 2017 Per Game Average Attendance Mega-Rankings are here.  The Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A, International League) take the crown at #1.  The St. Paul Saints (American Association) are the top independent club maintaining last year’s #7 spot.  The Madison Mallards (Northwoods League) are once again the top summer collegiate performer moving up from #28 to #23. 

The annual list combines and ranks the per game average attendance of all affiliated minor league, independent professional, and Top-100 summer collegiate franchises in the U.S. and Canada.  View rankings here.


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Grand Rapids Honors 9/11 Fallen First Responders

The annual ” Grand Rapids Memorial Stair Climb” was held on Saturday at Fifth Third Ball Park, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps (Single-A, Midwest League).  It is done as a way to honor and remember those firefighters, police officers, and medical personnel who died on 9/11.  Read more and view photo here.

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Hot Rods Unveil Commemorative 10th Season Logo

PRESS RELEASE – On Tuesday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods unveiled their commemorative 10th Season logo. The 2018 season will mark the tenth season of Hot Rods baseball in Southcentral Kentucky. Continue reading

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Former Atlantic League Executive Joe Klein Passes Away at 75

PRESS RELEASE – Joe Klein, who presided over baseball operations as Executive Director of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball since its inception in 1998 and saw the league send more than 800 players to MLB organizations as the circuit became the premier independent professional baseball organization, died at Temple University Hospital from heart surgery complications on Wednesday morning at the age of 75, the league announced this morning. Continue reading

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