With 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.
Category Archives: League & Franchise
Rising 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.
Ozarks 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.
We’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.
The 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.
The 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.