Category Archives: League & Franchise

Hopes Fade for Proposed Parkersburg Ballpark

The words “play ball” won’t be heard any time soon-at least not on Fort Boreman Hill.  At least that’s the point officials are making about the proposed baseball team and multi-purpose ballpark in Parkersburg (WV).  Read more here.

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The Laredo Lemurs Saga Unfolds

The Laredo (TX) City Council voted this week to send a letter to all parties involved with the Laredo Lemurs (Independent Professional, American Association) to vacate the premises of  Uni-Trade Stadium and pursue proposals for buyers or leasers for the stadium.  Read more here.

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Sounders Partner with Rainiers to Bring USL to Tacoma

The Seattle Sounders FC (Major League Soccer) and Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) have reached a preliminary deal on building a 5,000 seat soccer-specific stadium in Tacoma (WA) to host the Sounders 2 USL team.  The Rainiers would run the business side of the team, while the Sounders would handle soccer operations.  Read more here.

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Veeck Talks Saints and Rosemont (IL)

Legendary baseball promoter Mike Veeck joined WGN Radio’s Dave Hoekstra to talk all things on and off the ball field, including the 25th anniversary of the St. Paul Saints (Independent Professional, American Association) and the possibility of bringing professional baseball and “Fun Is Good” to Rosemont (IL).  Read more and listen here.

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Joplin in Preliminary Talks with Frontier League

City officials are keeping Joplin (MO) ready for a pitch from professional baseball even though the Joplin Blasters (Independent Professional, American Association) struck out.  Mayor Mike Seibert this week mentioned the Frontier League (Independent Professional) in a City Council discussion about whether to install artificial turf on the infield of Joe Becker Stadium.  Read more here.

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Laredo Lemurs Out of American Association, Salina Stockade Step In

PRESS RELEASE – The Laredo Lemurs will not operate during the 2017 season and are no longer members of the American Association, League Commissioner Miles Wolff announced on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Bill Smith Joins Minor League Baseball Staff

PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball today announced that longtime Major League Baseball executive Bill Smith has joined its staff as Assistant to the President & CEO, Pat O’Conner. Continue reading

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