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Thunder Promote Hurley to GM

Trenton Thunder LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced in a press conference today that Jeff Hurley will take over as the team’s General Manager and Chief Operating Officer beginning on September 8, 2015. Continue reading

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Price Cutter Stadium Purchased, Hope for Baseball Returns

PCSBusinessmen Joel Benenson, of New York City, and Jeff Williams, of Tuttle (OK), have purchased OMS, LLC and Price Cutter Stadium from Chicago businessman Horn Chen.  Just about four hours later, the Ozark (MO) Board of Aldermen entered into an agreement with the company that will bring baseball back to town in March 2016.  Read more here.

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Thunder to Host Inaugural World Famous Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship

Trenton Thunder LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Thunder are pleased to announce full event details for the Trenton Thunder World Famous Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship set to take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at ARM & HAMMER Park from 12-4pm. Gates will open for the inaugural event at 12pm for a festival-style atmosphere of food, beverage, entertainment and competitive eating. Continue reading

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Kennedy to Take Over for Lucchino as Red Sox President

Red Sox SocksBoston 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.  Read latest about the Providence project here and 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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Frontier League Bylaws Force MKE Sports Out of Aviators Camp

Rockford Aviators Primary LogoFor 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.


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Only One Suitor for New Amarillo Ballpark

Amarillo ThunderHeads Hi-ResThe 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.

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