Category Archives: Market & Location

Amarillo Looks to Formal Agreement to Lock Down Double-A Franchise, New Ballpark

San Antonio MissionsFuture plans for a downtown Amarillo (TX) baseball stadium have temporarily stalled after the owners of the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) declined to sign a letter of intent.  The plan instead is to move toward completing a long-term formal agreement this fall.  Read more here.

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Atlantic League’s Texas Expansion Heating Up?

Atlantic League LogoThe Sugar Land Skeeters may lower their travel expenses in 2018, as the independent professional Atlantic League would like to add three more teams in Texas.  League officials are reportedly in active discussions with five potential ownership groups and expect the circuit to meet its 2018 expansion goal.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Fayetteville Receives Ballpark Feasibility Study

Houston Astros New LogoRochelle Small-Toney, a Fayetteville (NC) deputy city manager, announced the letter of intent by the Houston Astros at Monday night’s special council meeting to receive a report from a trio of consultants on the economic feasibility of the city building a 4,500-seat ballpark downtown.  Read more here.  Watch news report here.

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Fayetteville Targets Location Near Hotel for New MiLB Ballpark

Minor League Baseball LogoFayetteville (NC) officials are considering a site near the Prince Charles Hotel for a baseball stadium, a move that could speed up efforts to bring a minor league team to the city.  Read more here.  View renderings here.

Fayetteville Ballpark Rendering

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Pickles Make Home Debut

Portland Pickles LogoThe Portland Pickles (Summer Collegiate, Great West League) slid into town for the first home game of their inaugural season at Lents Park’s Walker Stadium Friday night.  The rainy weather took a pause and gave way to a perfect night for baseball as throngs of enthusiastic fans came out to see the wonderfully silly spectacle.  Read more and view photos here.  Watch news report here.  View outfield signage here.

Dillion vs. Dillion:

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Batavia’s Baseball Past, Future

Batavia Muckdogs LogoByron-Bergen varsity girls basketball coach Rick Krzewinski takes a look at the history of minor-league ball in Batavia (NY) and the prospects for a replacement team when the Batavia Muckdogs (Single-A, New York-Penn League) finally depart for more lucrative pastures.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Ballpark Drama in Amarillo

Texas League New LogoThe appearance of a dysfunctional city government might cost Amarillo a AA baseball team and a downtown ballpark, according to City Councilman Randy Burkett.  Read more here.

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