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Start-Up Empire League Trying to Lock Down Watertown

Watertown Bucks LogoThe Watertown (NY) city parks and recreation superintendent has recommended that the city reach a deal with the new Empire League to revive the Watertown Bucks for the 2016 season, but city council members said Monday night they should wait and look into the new league’s stability.  Read more here and  here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.

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Campbell’s Field Still Searching for Tenant

Camden Riversharks LogoCampbell’s Field and Camden County (NJ) are still searching for a tenant after the Camden Riversharks (Independent Professional, Atlantic League) left the city for New Britain (CT) last October after an impasse over lease negotiations.  Read more here.

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New Southwest League to Begin Play in 2018

Southwest League LogoMark Schuster of Ventura Sports Group has announced the launch of the Southwest League of Professional Baseball, a six-team circuit based in Texas that will begin play in 2018.  Schuster claims teams will play in underserved markets in new state-of-the-art multi-use stadiums with seating capacity between 2000-4000 fans.  Read press release here.

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Talking the Return of Baseball in Savannah

Coastal Plain LogoMark your calendars for June 2. That’s when Jesse Cole and the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League will debut the beginning of a new era for historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah (GA) after the departure of the Savannah Sand Gnats (Single-A, South Atlantic League).  The ownership will host an event early next month to announce the team’s name and unveil the logo, uniforms and color scheme.  Read more here.

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Colorado Springs Sky Sox to San Antonio?

San Antonio MissionsColorado Springs Sky Sox LogoA lot would have to happen here, but ballpark developments in Texas could mean the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) relocate to the new ballpark in Amarillo (TX), with the Colorado Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) replacing the Missions in San Antonio (TX).  Both teams are owned by Elmore Sports Group.  Read more here.

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Honkers Secure New Ballpark Lease, Hire Holtman

Rochester Honkers LogoThe Rochester Honkers (Summer Collegiate, Northwoods League) will play summer baseball at Mayo Field for at least the next five years, following a new lease agreement approved Tuesday by the city of Rochester’s Board of Park Commissioners.  Read more here. In other news, the team has hired Joe Holtman as Assistant General Manager.  Read more here.

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Pecos League Takes On Tucson, Looks to Wichita Falls

Pecos League LogoThe Tuscon Saguaros have been added to the Pecos League lineup for 2016.  The team will play at the Kino Sports Complex.  Read more here.  Taking another run at Bisbee (AZ), the league has scheduled the Saguaros to play 10 Sunday games at historic Warren Ballpark.  Read more here.  The circuit is also hoping to secure a lease to use Hoskins Field in Wichita Falls (TX) and revive the old Wichita Falls Spudders name.  Read more here.

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