Category Archives: League & Franchise

Normal CornBelters Prepare to Open First Summer-Collegiate Season

After nine seasons as an independent professional team in the Frontier League, the Normal CornBelters prepare to open their first season as a franchise in the summer collegiate Prospect League.  Read more here.

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Can-Am League Owners Vote to Implement Expansion Plans

PRESS RELEASE – Following the conclusion of the Can-Am League Owner Meetings in Orlando, Fla., club owners have given Executive Director Kevin Winn approval to implement league expansion plans on multiple levels.

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Steamers to be Sold, Moved

Frank Burke, owner of the Edenton Steamers (Summer Collegiate, Coastal Plain League), confirmed last week that he’s in the process of selling the team he bought in 2016.  According to multiple sources, a buyer plans to purchase the franchise and move it from northeastern North Carolina.  Read more here.

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New Ballpark Talks in Topeka

The City of Topeka (KS) could be cheering on its own minor league baseball team soon.  During their latest monthly meeting, the Topeka and Shawnee County Riverfront Authority discussed ways to tie the Riverfront, Downtown, and Noto together, including a new ballpark.  Read more here.

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GreyWolves Won’t Play in 2019

Rose City Baseball is expected to announce sometime next week that the Gresham GreyWolves (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) will go on hiatus for the upcoming 2019 season with the possibility of considering a return for the summer of 2020.  The team played for two years in the West Coast League (Summer Collegiate) and played an independent schedule last summer.  Read more here.

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NFL’s Raiders to Share Field with MLB’s Giants

The Oakland Raiders have reportedly chosen to go from sharing O.Co Coliseum stadium next season with Oakland A’s to sharing Oracle Park with San Francisco Giants. The Raiders are scheduled to move to Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 season.

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Editorial: Gastonia Wise to Explore Options for New Stadium’s Primary Baseball Tenant

The question now facing Gastonia (NC) city leaders as they move toward building a new multi-use stadium to serve as the anchor of the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment District, is whether the Gastonia Grizzlies (Summer Collegiate, Coastal Plain League) will be one of the primary tenants of the new facility or if a different baseball franchise will play that role.  Read more here.

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