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Blaze, Mavs Heading to Carolina League

Bakersfield Blaze LogoHigh Desert Mavericks 2 AlternativeMinor League Baseball will reportedly announce today that the Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks will be contracted from the Single-A California League at the end of the 2016 season.  In the worst-kept industry secret, the two franchises will head east for the Single-A Carolina League.  The Cal League will become an eight-team, one-division circuit.  Read more here.  Read background story here.

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The Bravehearts: A Worcester Success Story

Worcester Bravehearts LogoWhen it comes to sports, Worcester hasn’t exactly hit a home run.  The repeated failures of teams to survive – Tornadoes, Sharks, Surge, IceCats, Marauders, Bombardiers, et al. – have left many sports fans feeling jilted and alone.  But the Worcester Bravehearts are drawing record crowds, placing 10th in the country in average per-game attendance for a summer collegiate baseball league this year.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Adelaide Bite Find New Home for 2016-17 ABL Season

Adelaide Bite Secondary MarkPRESS RELEASE – The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, will play out the 2016/17 Australian Baseball League season at the Diamond Sports SA Adelaide Shores complex, in West Beach. Continue reading

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Northwoods League Coming to Fond du Lac in 2017, Name the Team Contest Announced

Northwoods League Logo wo WordmarkPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League is coming to Fond du Lac. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Marian University have announced a partnership to bring a new franchise into the league for the 2017 season. Continue reading

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Empire League Completes Season, Looks to Future

Empire Pro Baseball LeagueThe Empire League, which rose from the ashes of the defunct North Country Baseball League, has wrapped up its 2016 season and is looking to the future.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Missions Trolling Lubbock

San Antonio MissionsThe San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas) are apparently trying to cover their relocation bets, as the team is reportedly eyeing Lubbock (TX) for its new home, while in ballpark talks with Amarillo (TX).  As we all know, the franchise will be moved, if San Antonio (TX) builds a new downtown stadium for the to-be-relocated Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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San Antonio Ballpark Study Complete, Results Won’t Be Released Just Yet

San Antonio MissionsColorado Springs Sky Sox LogoWashington (DC)-based stadium consultant Brailsford & Dunlavey has apparently completed its downtown San Antonio (TX) ballpark feasibility assessment, but Centro San Antonio is not yet ready to share those findings.  Read more here.

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