While talks are in the infancy stage, the Atlantic League (Indy Pro) is exploring Raleigh (NC) as a home for a future expansion franchise. Read more here. While it might be tough competing against the storied Durham Bulls (Triple-A, International League) 30 miles away in Durham (pop. 245,745), Raleigh (pop. 431,746) is big enough to flex its own muscles. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
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On Tuesday, New Britain (CT) Mayor Erin Stewart told a local news station that the city and the independent professional Atlantic League have finalized the first part of a lease agreement that could bring a team to New Britain as early as 2016 to replace the departing New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A, Eastern League). Read more and watch news report here.
There is not much new here for those who follow the baseball industry closely, but writer Andrew Beaton via The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the business of independent professional baseball. Read more here.
Chris Lee of Kenwood (CA) started trying to bring baseball back to Sonoma County in 2004. More than 10 years later, he is still at it. The Pacific Association aside, Sonoma County hasn’t had minor league baseball since the Sonoma County Crushers (Indy Pro, Western Baseball League) played at now-demolished Rohnert Park Stadium from 1995-2003. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link. Read background story here.
Steve Wagner, president of a proposed, yet-to-be-named summer collegiate league that would begin play in 2016, met with the Columbus (NE) Board of Parks Commissioners this week to pitch the idea of bringing a franchise to Pawnee Park Field. Wagner is reportedly targeting markets in Nebraska, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wyoming. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Along the back wall of a sleek new souvenir and magazine shop at Trudeau International Airport in Montreal (QC), there is an array of sports team products: jerseys, hats, coffee mugs and the like. The logos on the merchandise were for only two teams, the NHL’s Canadiens, and the Expos, a baseball team that has not existed for more than a decade. Read more here.