Boston Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy will lead the franchise as president when Larry Lucchino steps down (voluntarily?) as president/CEO to devote his time to the proposed ballpark in Providence (RI) for the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A, International League). Read more and watch videos here. Read story here without the spin.
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The 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.
For those who didn’t hear this earlier, MKE Sports & Entertainment was forced to terminate its managed service contract with the Rockford Aviators (Indy Pro, Frontier League), after Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee ruled that the contract violated the league bylaws because the owner of MKE, Michael Zimmerman, owns two teams in the summer collegiate Prospect League. Read more here.
The city of Amarillo (TX) on May 8 issued a request for qualifications to operate the proposed downtown event/baseball stadium and extended the deadline to respond by one week to encourage the widest swath of potential suitors, but the lone responder was still Amarillo Baseball Club LLC — the operator of the Amarillo Thunderheads (Indy Pro, American Association). Read more here.
The Boise Hawks (Single-A, Northwest League) kicked off the 2015 season Thursday with new Georgia-based owners at the helm, new purple uniforms and a new Colorado Rockies affiliation. Read more here. View photo gallery here. Outdated Memorial Stadium remains the same, but there is hope for ballpark improvements as the Hawks begin a new era. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – THe Chico Heat announced today that Hunter Hampton has joined the organization as General Manager to bring baseball back to Chico. The Heat have joined the Great West League and will begin play next June. Continue reading
For the first time in the team’s 16-year history, the Bend Elks (Summer Collegiate, West Coast League) are under new management. But other than a few changes like Vinnie the Elk replacing Homer as the team’s new mascot and a new moose-inspired cap logo, it’s expected to be business as usual for the franchise. Read more here.