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Empty MLB Ballparks to Pipe in Video Game Crowd Noise

Big league players will still hear the roar of the crowd even though the stands will be empty when the baseball season opens next week.  Taking a cue from two European soccer leagues, Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ballpark sound systems during games.  Read more here.

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Kalamazoo Growlers to Temporarily Re-Brand as ‘Mac Daddies’

PRESS RELEASE – Father’s day might look a bit different for many families on June 21st due to COVID-19. The same will be said for the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team when the team will rename itself the “Kalamazoo Mac Daddies” in honor of fathers and mac and cheese lovers. The change is a dual salute to Dad, along with Michigan’s Undeniably Dairy Mac and Cheese Festival that is still slated to be hosted at Homer Stryker Field for the 2nd year later this fall after selling out in record time in 2019.

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Milkmen Announce Milky Way Drive-In at Ballpark Commons, Movies Begin May 22

PRESS RELEASE – The Milwaukee Milkmen announced today a partnership with Franklin Tourism and Studio Gear to bring back a vintage movie-going experience via the brand-new Milky Way Drive-In at Ballpark Commons located in Franklin, WI.

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Cardboard Fans Cheer On CPBL Teams in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) has resumed its 2020 season with cardboard cutouts of spectators in the stands to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Read more here.

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TinCaps Unveil Uniforms for Manzanas Luchadoras Identity

PRESS RELEASE – The Fort Wayne TinCaps unveiled the uniforms for their Manzanas Luchadoras identity on Thursday. The team will be taking the field as the Manzanas Luchadoras (“Fighting Apples” in Spanish) for six games at Parkview Field during the 2020 season as part of Minor League Baseball’s Es Divertido Ser Un Fan (“It’s Fun to be A Fan”) Hispanic fan engagement initiative.

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The Trop Has New Amenities for Fans

Fans are worried that the Tampa Bay Rays might split the season with Montreal, but it looks like Tropicana Field is doubling down with it comes to new attractions for baseball fans.  Read more and view photos here.  Speaking of Montreal, read more here.

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Crawdads to Become ‘Couch Potatoes’

PRESS RELEASE – The Crawdads are excited to unveil a new alternate identity for the 2020 season. The Crawdads will be taking the field for three games this season with a new alternate identity: the Hickory Couch Potatoes, presented by Kincaid Furniture Outlet.

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Going Bananas for Ad-Free Ballpark

PRESS RELEASE – The Savannah Bananas have announced that Grayson Stadium will become the first known stadium to go completely Ad-Free. Starting this season, Bananas fans will not see any billboards or signage featured in the stadium.

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Blue Crabs to Become Bleu Cheeses on Thursdays

PRESS RELEASE – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced on Friday afternoon that they will change their name to the Bleu Cheeses every Thursday as part of their Wing Wars promotion including all you can eat chicken wings and all you can drink beer.

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San Antonio Missions to Transform Into Puffy Tacos for Three Games in May

The San Antonio Missions announced today the ball club will pay homage to a staple of the Alamo City’s cuisine and morph into the San Antonio Puffy Tacos for three games from May 22-24 against the Iowa Cubs. In addition, the Missions have decreed May 22 as National Puffy Taco Day.

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Decks Added to Edinburg Stadium

UTRGV Stadium, formerly known as Edinburg Stadium and then-home of the Edinburg Roadrunners (Independent Professional), is alive and well under the helm of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  The stadium appears to be in good shape and now has decks that were recently installed for groups to cheer on the Vaqueros.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Mudcats Announce Promotions Schedule for 30th Anniversary Season

PRESS RELEASE – Exciting family fun is once again on tap in 2020 as the Carolina Mudcats today unveil an all-new promotions schedule featuring spectacular souvenir giveaways, exciting new specialty game jersey events and over a dozen fireworks shows for the upcoming 30th anniversary season of baseball at Five County Stadium.

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Baby Bombers Mock Astros, Cheating Scandal with Mini Trash Can Giveaway

Following disciplinary action against the Houston Astros from Major League Baseball for their involvement in a cheating scandal, the Staten Island Yankees (Single-A, New York-Penn League) mocked the franchise on Tuesday by announcing a free mini trashcan giveaway, at one of their upcoming regular-season games.  Read more here.

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‘The Office’ Night, 40th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice Highlight Red Wings 2020 Promo Schedule

PRESS RELEASE – The Rochester Red Wings’ 24th season at Frontier Field begins exactly 100 days from today on Thursday, April 9, and to celebrate the Wings have released a sneak peek at the 2020 promotional schedule. As always, and although not yet finalized, the upcoming promo slate promises to be one of the best in Minor League Baseball!

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Thunder Fly High with Top Gun Promotions in 2020

PRESS RELEASE – A Maverick amongst their peers, the Thunder, presented by NJM Insurance, are pleased to announce their 2020 Top Gun Series at ARM & HAMMER Park beginning Tuesday, June 23 and continuing through Thursday, June 25.

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Nationals Park a Winter Wonderland

A huge Christmas display is lighting up the Washington Nationals baseball stadium in the nation’s capital through Dec. 29.  Some two and a half million Christmas lights, a 30 meter high artificial Christmas tree, and an ice skating trail have turned the stadium into a glowing winter wonderland.  Read more and watch video here.  Learn more details here.

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Embracing Winter at CHS Field

Destination Winter Saint Paul is open at CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints (Independent Professional, American Association) through Feb. 22.  There’s excitement for all ages in one place with the relocation of Wells Fargo WinterSkate from Landmark Plaza to the playing surface at CHS Field and the return of the Securian Financial SuperSlide for the first time since Super Bowl LII.  Read more and view video clip here.  Learn more details here.

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Ballpark Pool a Big Hit in Vegas

It could be a scene at any number of pool parties across Southern Nevada, but this one has a key difference: It’s taking place amid a minor league baseball game at the new Las Vegas Ballpark.  Read more and view photos here.

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P-Nats to Celebrate Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary Night

PRESS RELEASE – Former teachers at a University in New York have signaled paranormal activity at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA. With New York City rid of most similar issues because of the actions taken out of an old firehouse, ectoplasmic residue was reported at the home of the Potomac Nationals.

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Black Bears Talk About 2019 Season, Double Stuffed Dave to Retire

The West Virginia Black Bears hosted media to show off what’s new at the ballpark. Improvements include a new batters eye that allows better tracking of the ball from the batter’s perspective, along with sad news from their famous pepperoni roll, Double Stuffed Dave.  Read more and watch news reports here and here.

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Miracle to Go Major League Saturday

On Saturday, May 18, fans of the Fort Myers Miracle (Single-A, Florida State League) will have a chance to meet actor Corbin Bernsen, who played character Roger Dorn from the film Major League.  Bernsen will be at Hammond Stadium signing autographs and posing for photos with fans at Major League Night, when the first 500 Miracle fans through the gate will receive custom Roger Dorn jerseys.  Read more here.

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Rockers Open New Park, Mascot Gets a Name

The High Point Rockers (Independent Professional, Atlantic League) held their inaugural home opener on Thursday, May 2, at the new BB&T Point in front of a reported crowd of 5,000.  Read more here.  View photo gallery here.

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Vibes Unveil Uniforms, Mascot

The Rocky Mountain Vibes (Rookie, Pioneer League) have unveiled their inaugural uniforms and mascot named Toasty. Read more here and here.

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IronBirds to Honor Ripkens, Will Play as ‘Aberdeen Legacy’

The Aberdeen IronBirds (Single-A, New York-Penn League) have announced they will pay tribute to hometown heroes, Cal and Bill Ripken, and play as the Aberdeen Legacy on Saturday, August 3, against the Vermont Lake Monsters.  Read more here.

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Pit Spitters Unveil List of Potential New Food Items, Fans Encouraged to Vote

For the past two weeks, the Traverse City Pit Spitters (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League) have been soliciting ideas for new food items to be served this season and now, the list has been whittled down to the top seven ideas.  From Tuesday, April 23rd through Friday, May 3rd fans will be able to vote on their favorite potential new food item by clicking here.  See options below:

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Salem Red Sox to Play as ‘Beer Mongers’

PRESS RELEASE – The Salem Red Sox have “draughted” an alternate appearance for the 2019 season. Beginning May 2, the team will take the field every Thursday as the Salem Beer Mongers in a nod to the growing craft industry.

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Can-Am League Teams Get in the ‘Game’

The Sussex County Miners and New Jersey Jackals (Independent Professional, Can-Am League) are celebrating the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones with special jerseys.  Of course, these are not the first and only teams to capitalize on the phenomenon.   The Staten Island Yankees (Single-A, New York-Penn League), for example, actually hosted the show’s creator in 2015.  And lets not forget about MLB’s promo video from last season.

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Booyah Unveil Jerseys, Mascot

The Green Bay Booyah (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League) unveiled their new flannel-inspired jersey designs and mascot named “Rocky” at the Ashwaubenon Branch Library on Saturday. Read more and watch video here.

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Trappers Announce Cowboys Throwback Night

PRESS RELEASE – The Pierre Trappers of the Expedition League announced they will be holding a “Pierre Cowboys Night” promotion on July 24th, 2019 when they take on the Hub City Hotshots and will wear Pierre Cowboys throwback jerseys.

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‘(Miami) Vice Night’ Highlights Jumbo Shrimp 2019 Promo Schedule

Affordable family fun is returning to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for the 2019 season presented by Community First Credit Union, as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp revealed their promotional schedule that begins on Opening Night on Thursday, April 4.  On May 11, the Jumbo Shrimp will host “Vice Night.”  The team will be wearing specialty Jumbo Shrimp Vice Night jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game.  Fans will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Crockett and Tub(b)s, as they’ll be on the concourse for a meet and greet during the game.  Read more here and here.

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Mallards Announce ‘Dad Bod’ Contest

Do you work hard year round on perfecting your beer belly?  Have you been told that you have chest hair to rival Wolverine’s?  Has your physique ever been described as “doughy”?  Well, then you might have a Dad Bod, and the Madison Mallards (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League) want to help you show it off.  Read more here.

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Pork Sandwich Wins Food Fight

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers fans have picked The Almighty Pork Sandwich as the winner of the 2019 Food Fight.  Amanda Baranczyk’s entry won the fan vote and will be available on this year’s concession menu at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Read more here.

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Louisville Bats to Play as ‘Derby City Mint Juleps’ for Two Games

The Louisville Bats (Triple-A, International League), in partnership with Four Roses Bourbon, announced in a press conference at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday that the team will re-brand as the Derby City Mint Juleps for two games during the 2019 season. Read more here.

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Best Giveaways for Each MLB Team

As we close in on Opening Day, MLB contributing editor Will Leitch takes a look at the best ballpark giveaways for each team during the 2019 season.  Read more here.

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Ponies to Play Game as Stud Muffins

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Navigators to Play as Sailors for Series of Games

PRESS RELEASE – Jumping on the trend Minor League Baseball teams are currently making popular, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s North Shore Navigators will rebrand themselves as the Lynn Sailors for a series of games during the 2019 season.

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Whitecaps Unveil Top-10 Food Items for Fan Voting

The West Michigan Whitecaps (Single-A, Midwest League) are ready for the fans to have their say! The tenth-annual fan voting contest, presented by visit Central Florida, to determine Fifth Third Ballpark’s next culinary delight starts today – Wednesday, February 27.

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Mudcats Will Play as Micro Brews for Four Games

The Carolina Mudcats (Single-A, Carolina League) are brewing up a big change for the 2019 season as the club announced that it will re-brand for four nights only as the “Carolina Micro Brews,” paying homage to their Major League affiliate, the Milwaukee Brewers.  Read more here.

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Loons to Host Hockey Night

PRESS RELEASE – Just a few years before the Great Lakes Loons were born in 2007, the Spirit came to Saginaw in 2002. There was the instant connection that both franchises provide professional sports and family entertainment to the region throughout the entire year. Many Loons fans also frequent The Dow Event Center during the hockey season to see the NHL’s stars of tomorrow.

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Minor League Baseball Reveals 2019 Copa Details, Team Identities and Logos will be Unveiled March 18

Minor League Baseball today unveiled the 397-game schedule for its second annual Copa de la Diversión (Fun Cup) event series, taking place during the 2019 season.  The 2019 season will see 72 teams transform their brands to join in Copa’s mission to authentically connect MiLB teams with their diverse communities, and embrace and celebrate the culture and values that resonate most with Latinx fans nationwide.  Read more here.

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