Category Archives: Market & Location

New Southwest League to Begin Play in 2018

Southwest League LogoMark 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.

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Talking the Return of Baseball in Savannah

Coastal Plain LogoMark 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.

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Future of the Boulevard: Public Ballpark Discussions Begin

Richmond Flying SquirrelsAt the first public meeting to discuss how the city of Richmond (VA) should develop the 60 acres of land it owns on the Boulevard, every resident who spoke agreed that a stadium for the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double-A, Eastern League) should remain on the property.  A hired consulting firm presenting at the meeting concluded that the “highest and best economic use” for the property doesn’t include a stadium, but they only studied it in terms of economics.  Five more meetings are scheduled.  Read more here.

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Suns Staying Put (for Now)

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe 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.

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Orioles First at MLB Bat in China

Baltimore Orioles Cartoon Logo 2012CNDeeming 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.

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A’s Majority Owner Receptive to Howard Terminal Site for New Ballpark?

Oakland A's LogoOakland 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.

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Council Votes 5-3 to Let Rays Looks Elsewhere

Tampa Bay Rays LogoA nearly decade-long stalemate between the city and the Tampa Bay Rays ended Thursday after the St. Petersburg (FL) City Council agreed to let the club look elsewhere for a new home.  Read more and watch news report here.

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