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Atlantic League Franchise Plus More Events for New Britain Stadium

Atlantic League LogoWith Tuesday’s announcement that New Britain (CT) has received approval from the independent Atlantic League to bring a yet-to-be named relocated team to New Britain Stadium in 2016, baseball fans in the area will be pleased to have games to see next summer.  Even happier, however, will be the city, which will get to use the ballpark more frequently.  Read more here.

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Atlantic League Exploring Raleigh (NC)

Atlantic League LogoWhile 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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Atlantic League Closing In on New Britain

Atlantic League LogoOn 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.

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A Look at the Business of Independent Professional Baseball

Independent Professional Baseball AssociationThere 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.

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A Decade-Long Quest for Minor League Baseball in Sonoma County

Sonoma County Crushers Foot LogoChris 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.

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Fayette County (PA) Explores Feasibility of Minor League Ballpark

Frontier League logoThe Fayette County (PA) Redevelopment Authority board has hired a McKeesport company to determine whether Connellsville can support a minor league baseball park.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Proposed New Summer Collegiate League on Deck

Columbus NESteve 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.

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