Category Archives: Community & Giving

All-Girls School to Take Up Residence at Boulders’ Ballpark?

Ramapo (NY) town officials Tuesday offered an embattled New Hempstead private school the use of space in the town’s baseball stadium for classrooms for up to 400 girls.  Read more here.  UPDATE:  Read more here.

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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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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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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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Nicknames on Jerseys for Players Weekend

MLB has dubbed Aug. 25-27 as Players Weekend, and this unprecedented event will feature a special kind of flair.  Players will wear their nicknames on the back of colorful, alternate jerseys, and they are encouraged to wear (or use) customized spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s masks and bats.  Read more from MLB.com here and Maury Brown here.  See team examples here and here.

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MiLB launches Hispanic-Focused ‘Es Divertido Ser Un Fan’ Initiative

PRESS RELEASE – today launched Es Divertido Ser Un Fan, a new multicultural fan engagement platform aimed at specifically connecting with Hispanic/Latino baseball fans in 160 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program will debut this August in select MiLB markets, including Las Vegas, Charlotte, North Carolina; Kane County, Illinois; and Visalia, California, with a national expansion planned for 2018. Continue reading

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Six Pounds of Condiments Needed for Squirrels’ Human Hot Dog July 28

The Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double-A, Eastern League) are relishing the opportunity to turn VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell into a Human Hot Dog for charity following the game on Friday, July 28 at The Diamond.  Read more here.

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