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Suns, Spotsylvania County Part Ways After Deadline Passes?

Hagerstown Suns LogoWith the passing of MiLB’s July 31 deadline for negotiating a ballpark deal between the Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League) owner Bruce Quinn and Spotslyvania County (VA), baseball appears to be dead in the Fredericksburg (VA) area for now.  But supporters appear to be keeping the door open for other suitors.  Read more here.

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Start-Up NCBL Survives Season on Back of Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Founder

North Country Baseball LeagueRising from the ashes of the failed start-up East Coast Baseball League, the first-year North Country Baseball League managed to finish the 2015 regular season with playoffs starting Wednesday.  Watch news report here.  As we said, it would take subsidy from Cheeseburger Cheeseburger founder Bruce Zicari for the circuit to survive.  Read about the NCBL season saga here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the second link.

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Ozarks Pro Baseball Pulls Plug on Season

Ozarks Pro BaseballOzarks Pro Baseball, an independent league organizers hoped would become a mainstay in the Springfield (MO) area, suspended operations and told players to go home this week.  See Facebook posting here.  The league had been holding games at sites in Arkansas and in West Plains as negotiations apparently continued with the owner of Price Cutter Park.  Read more here.

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MLB Commissioner Talks Expansion

Major League Baseball LogoWe’re playing a little catch up here after more than a week of travel, but if you missed it, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred shared a vision of the league that could include expansion.  Montreal, Charlotte, San Antonio, Portland (OR), Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, northern New Jersey, Mexico City or Monterrey (Mexico) are listed by ESPN as potential targets for new or relocated franchises.  Read more here.

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Lodi Franchise Names GM, Chico Heat Looking for Coach

Great West League Secondary LogoThe ownership group of a yet-to-be-named summer collegiate baseball team in Lodi (CA) said this week that everything is on track for its inaugural opener next year in the start-up Great West League, including bringing Doug Leary on board as general manager.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the Chico Heat, a soon-to-be-rival of the Lodi club, are already looking for a head coach.  View job posting here.

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Ozarks Pro Baseball Begins Play

Ozarks Pro BaseballThe Ozarks Pro Baseball league is off and running with six teams, although there isn’t much news about it.  At this point, the new circuit is not playing out of Price Cutter Park in Ozark (MO).  You can follow the league on their Facebook page here.

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A 2015 Look at the San Rafael Pacifics

SR_Pacifics_LogoComp01YSan Francisco Chronicle staff writer Lev Facher takes a look at the  San Rafael Pacifics (Indy Pro, Pacific Association), including the experience at Albert Park and team financials.  Read more and view photos here.

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