The first-year Ridgefield (WA) Raptors (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) held their inaugural home opener at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex in Ridgefield (WA) on Tuesday night in front of an estimated crowd of 2,200. Read more and view eight photos here.
It was announced on Wednesday that the Expedition League (Summer Collegiate) will add the expansion Rapid City Jackalopes to the circuit’s lineup beginning the 2020 season. Read more here.
The Old Orchard Beach Surge (Independent Professional, Empire Professional Baseball League) have relocated from The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach (ME) to Saranac Lake (NY). The team will be known as the Saranac Lake Surge. Read more here. In other news, the The Can-Am League (Independent Professional) announced last week that the EPBL’s all-star team, the Empire League Grays, will play four games against the 2018 Can-Am League champion Sussex County Miners. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.
Major League Baseball, which last expanded in 1998, has some tidying up to do, but for Commissioner Rob Manfred, he envisions a team in the Pacific and Eastern time zones. “Baseball is a growth industry,” Manfred said. “Eventually, we’d like to get to 32 teams.” Baseball America, via Maury Brown, profiles six (6) potential markets, including Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Nashville, Montreal, and Vancouver. Read more here.
The home clubhouse at Diethrick Park on Jamestown’s eastside was a popular place Monday afternoon as baseball fans, city officials and media filled the room for an announcement six months in the making. Read more here.
Andy Appleby, chief investor in a small group that launched the Utica (MI)-based United Shore Professional Baseball League in 2016, said the endeavor that combines developmental baseball with affordable family fun should again be as financially profitable as its first three seasons. Appleby said he’s in talks with four or five expansion cities. Read more here.
The city Edmonton (AB) is accepting pitches for tenancy at Remax Field, which could ultimately push the Edmonton Prospects (Summer Collegiate, Western Canadian Baseball League) out after its 2019 season wraps up. A possible contender is reportedly the Orem Owlz (Rookie, Pioneer League). Read more here.