The 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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Mark 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.
Mark 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.
The Hagerstown (MD) City Council has agreed in principle to a lease extension with the Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League) to stay at Municipal Stadium for two more years. The new proposal has the Suns continuing to pay the city $35,000 for rent per year, but it will now be reinvested back into the stadium for improvements. Read more here.
Deeming baseball a “bourgeois indulgence for the rich,” Mao Zedong, China’s longtime communist leader, banned the game in 1966 during his Cultural Revolution. Fifty years later, the Baltimore Orioles are in the leadoff spot for mounting effort by Major League Baseball to revive the game there. Read more here.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s push for a possible ballpark at Howard Terminal north of Jack London Square hasn’t won over A’s managing partner Lew Wolff. On the other hand, we’re told the mayor is getting a more receptive ear from the person whose voice counts most — the team’s majority stakeholder, John Fisher. Read more here.