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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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Purple-Dressed Hawks Take the Field Under New Ownership

Boise Hawks LogoThe 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  Outdated Memorial Stadium remains the same, but there is hope for ballpark improvements as the Hawks begin a new era.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.

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Chico Heat Name General Manager

Great West League Secondary LogoChico Heat H LogoPRESS 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

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Bend Elks Begin Season Under New Management

Bend Elks LogoFor 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.

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Tortugas Have New Ownership

Daytona Tortugas Primary LogoReese Smith III, a Tennessean with a long history of minor-league baseball ownership, said Wednesday he has purchased the Daytona Tortugas (Single-A, Florida State League) from Cleveland businessman Andy Rayburn, who had owned the franchise since 2001.  Read more here.

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Kingfish Announce Hiring of Rich Marks as New Food and Beverage Director

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kingfish have hired Rich Marks as the new Director of Food and Beverage. Marks is an instrumental addition to the Kingfish staff and will assist in bringing in an expanded food and beverage menu to Simmons Field. The Kingfish have installed a new trail behind smoker that will be used to feature a smoked brisket with red wine slaw along with several other new items on the menu for Continue reading

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