It appears the Oakland Athletics have plans for a new stadium. A’s president Dave Kaval said in March that a ballpark site announcement was on schedule for 2017. But on Friday, the A’s more confidently tweeted “a ballpark site in Oakland will be announced later this year.” Read more and see tweet here.
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Pine Bluff (AR) is one of the cities being considered for a franchise in a new professional baseball league geared toward African-American players. Representatives of the National Urban Professional Baseball League will hold tryouts at Pine Bluff Regional Park on May 31 and June 1, according to Michael Mayden, a former professional scout who is helping to organize the league. Read more here. Read about Tennessee team here. Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the heads up.
Prince William County (VA) is taking more steps toward a new stadium for its minor league baseball team. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to spend $200,000 for a financial impact study on a new ballpark and parking garage for the Potomac Nationals (Single-A, Carolina League) at The JBG Cos.’ Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge (VA). Read more here.
The city of Pawtucket (RI) and the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) are currently looking at two potential sites for a new ballpark – a wooded area on Taft Street known as the “Tidewater site” and the location where the iconic Apex building now stands in the shadow of I-95. The city has commissioned an economic impact study of the two locations, which should be released in the coming weeks. Read more here.
Shortly before throwing out the first pitch at Tropicana Field on Wednesday evening, St. Petersburg (FL) Mayor Rick Kriseman made a much more important pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays: Stay put. Watch video here.
Social media reportedly lit up Monday during a ballpark pitch by Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League) Chairman Larry Lucchino to civic and business leaders at Slater Mill, when people anticipated that he would be asking for millions of dollars in public subsidies to keep the team in Pawtucket (RI). Read more here.