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Ozarks Pro Baseball Pulls Plug on Season

Ozarks Pro BaseballOzarks Pro Baseball, an independent league organizers hoped would become a mainstay in the Springfield (MO) area, suspended operations and told players to go home this week.  See Facebook posting here.  The league had been holding games at sites in Arkansas and in West Plains as negotiations apparently continued with the owner of Price Cutter Park.  Read more here.

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New Home for Squirrels Back on Track, Three Localities Join Forces

Richmond Flying SquirrelsAfter more than a year of stalemate, the three largest localities in the Richmond area have resumed discussions on potential locations for a minor-league baseball stadium, saying they hope to find a permanent home for the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double-A, Eastern League) by the end of the year.  Read more here.  Watch news report here.

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MLB Commissioner Talks Expansion

Major League Baseball LogoWe’re playing a little catch up here after more than a week of travel, but if you missed it, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred shared a vision of the league that could include expansion.  Montreal, Charlotte, San Antonio, Portland (OR), Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, northern New Jersey, Mexico City or Monterrey (Mexico) are listed by ESPN as potential targets for new or relocated franchises.  Read more here.

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Lodi Franchise Names GM, Chico Heat Looking for Coach

Great West League Secondary LogoThe ownership group of a yet-to-be-named summer collegiate baseball team in Lodi (CA) said this week that everything is on track for its inaugural opener next year in the start-up Great West League, including bringing Doug Leary on board as general manager.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the Chico Heat, a soon-to-be-rival of the Lodi club, are already looking for a head coach.  View job posting here.

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Amarillo Newspaper Expresses Support for Downtown Ballpark/MPEV Plan

Amarillo ThunderHeads Hi-ResOn the heels of a presentation Monday by Downtown Amarillo Inc. Chairman John Lutz outlining the details of a downtown development plan, the Amarillo Globe-News has come out in favor of the proposed multipurpose event center (MPEV) and takes issue with anyone referring to it as simply a ballpark.  Read more here.

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Ozarks Pro Baseball Begins Play

Ozarks Pro BaseballThe Ozarks Pro Baseball league is off and running with six teams, although there isn’t much news about it.  At this point, the new circuit is not playing out of Price Cutter Park in Ozark (MO).  You can follow the league on their Facebook page here.

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Playing at Price Cutter Park or Not, Ozarks Pro Baseball Prepares to Begin Inaugural Season

Ozarks Pro BaseballAfter months of tryouts and planning, the season will soon be underway for Ozarks Pro Baseball, a developmental, barnstorming minor league.  A deal to purchase Price Cutter Park is now on the table, but let’s not have any Art Wilkinson delusions that this will somehow turn minor league baseball on its head.  It is what it is.  Read more here.

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