Category Archives: League & Franchise

Rhode Island Red Sox?

Pawtucket Red Sox New Logo 1 - CopyWith news on Monday that the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) have been sold and could be moving to nearby Providence (RI), there is already talk about a name change.  New team president James Skeffington reportedly said he would like to call the team the Rhode Island Red Sox.  Read more here.  The domain RIRedSox.com is already in use, and RhodeIslandRedSox.com was registered yesterday.   Below is our attempt at a new logo:

Rhode Island Red (chicken) Sox, by BallparkBiz.com

Rhode Island Red (chicken) Sox, by BallparkBiz.com

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Whoa! Paw Sox to Leave Pawtucket (UPDATED)

Pawtucket Red Sox New Logo 1 - CopyPawtucket (RI) Mayor Donald Grebien says the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (International League) have been sold and are leaving the city.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe Mock and Chris Rosenberg for the heads up.  UPDATE:  It appears the PawSox are Providence bound, despite all the politicos playing dumb.  Read more here.  If so, this would be a quick flip from the news delivered this time last year.  Read more here.  View PawSox press release here.

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The ‘Surge’ Coming to Old Orchard Beach

East Coast Baseball LeagueThe town of Old Orchard Beach (ME), the Ballpark commission, and the start-up East Coast Baseball League have reached an agreement to bring a franchise to The Ballpark this summer.  Read more here.  The team will be known as the Surge.

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WhiteWings Cease Operations, Widow Left Holding the Bag

Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings LogoEarlier this week, John Cannon, general manager of the indy pro Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (United League), confirmed that the team has ceased operations.  Doneen Poulton, a widow on a fixed income who forked over $276 for two season tickets for what would have been the 2015 season, said she is concerned she will never see a refund.  Read more here.

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A Local Suitor for the Suns?

Hagerstown Suns LogoHagerstown (MD) Mayor David S. Gysberts reportedly announced during a City Council work session this week that a local group of investors is interested in buying the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League).  Even so, the mayor is still willing to work on a new stadium deal with the current owners and has been in touch with the governor and Maryland Stadium Authority about Continue reading

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Start-Up ECBL Closing In on OOB

East Coast Baseball LeagueThe Old Orchard Beach (ME) council voted Tuesday night to approve a resolution to authorize Town Manager Larry Mead to enter into a contract agreement with Niagara Professional Baseball Group, the founding body of the start-up East Coast Baseball League, for the use of The Ballpark.  Read more here (subscription required).

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Bryant Claims ULB Not Yet Dead

United League LogoContrary to reports that the indy pro United League Baseball will shut down — along with all of its teams, including the San Angelo Colts — ULB owner John Bryant says the league is in danger but not yet dead.  Read more here (subscription required).  Read our relevant comments below our San Angelo posting here.

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