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Kinston Approves Lease for Carolina League Team

Kinston Indians New Logo 2010The Kinston (NC) city council voted Monday to approve a lease for a potential baseball team at Grainger Stadium.  The deal is expected to be with a Single-A, Carolina League team and include $1.6 million in improvements and enhancements to the facility.  Read more here.  Read background story here.

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Modified Ballpark Proposal On Deck in Spotsylvania County

Hagerstown Suns LogoA committee formed to hash out the baseball stadium proposal in Spotsylvania County (VA) will tonight consider a counteroffer drafted by the county’s outside counsel that maintains the same $25 million/$8 million funding split but seeks higher rent payments, a revenue-sharing agreement and other concessions from the Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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Only One Suitor for New Amarillo Ballpark

Amarillo ThunderHeads Hi-ResThe city of Amarillo (TX) on May 8 issued a request for qualifications to operate the proposed downtown event/baseball stadium and extended the deadline to respond by one week to encourage the widest swath of potential suitors, but the lone responder was still Amarillo Baseball Club LLC — the operator of the Amarillo Thunderheads (Indy Pro, American Association).  Read more here.

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June Crickets at Price Cutter Field

Ozarks Pro BaseballDespite the chest-puffing, confident claims made by “Art Wilkinson” in the comments section of this posting, there is still no word from Ozarks Pro Baseball or the Heartland of America Baseball League about setting up shop at Price Cutter Field in Ozark (MO) with a 10-team, no-travel circuit beginning this season.  Read more here.  Watch news report challenging Art’s claim of league ownership of the stadium here.

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Columbia Professional Baseball Announces Affiliation with New York Mets

Columbia Professional BaseballNew York Mets LogoPRESS RELEASE – Hardball Capital, the New York Mets and the City of Columbia today announced that Columbia’s new Minor League Baseball team will be the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. The Mets affiliate currently plays in Savannah, GA. While located in Savannah, the team has won ten South Atlantic Continue reading

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Lawsuit Over Sale of B-Mets Allowed to Proceed, But Owners Can Look to Other Buyers

Binghampton Mets LogoFederal District Court Judge David Hurd issued a ruling Thursday, telling the owners of the Binghamton Mets (Double-A, Eastern League) that there is sufficient cause to allow Main Street Baseball, which claims it has a contract to purchase the club, to proceed with the breach of contract suit.  However, the judge rejected a request by Main Street to stop team owners from negotiating Continue reading

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Agreement in Reno Over Taxes (UPDATED)

Reno Aces LogoThe developers of Aces Ballpark, home of the Reno Aces (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), have reportedly reached a tentative agreement with the Washoe County (NV) Commission to pay their back taxes on the stadium.  Read more here.  UPDATE:  More details here.

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