Category Archives: Personnel & Operations

BlueClaws Name New President, GM

Shore Town Baseball is pleased to announce that Joe Ricciutti has been named President & General Manager of the BlueClaws.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.

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Could Marlins’ Home Run Sculpture be Removed Under New Ownership?

Jeffrey Loria has reportedly agreed to sell the Miami Marlins to a group fronted by former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.  With the smoke clearing, more information about the new group and its plans are surfacing, including the possibility that the mechanical home run sculpture in left-center field could be removed.  Read more here.

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City Tells IronBirds Management It Will Resume Management of Non-Baseball Events

Having failed to reach an agreement to manage the city-owned Ripken Stadium, the city of Aberdeen (MD) in June notified Tufton LLC it intends to go back to the agreement in place when the stadium opened in 2002, giving the city control over all non-baseball events.  Read more here.

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Brown: Jorge Mas Will be Next Owner of Marlins

Forbes contributor and Bizball LLC owner (and AC/DC tribute band Shoot to Thrill member) Maury Brown argues that Jorge Mas, with less flash and more substance, will be the next owner of the Miami Marlins — not the Bush, Jeter or some other group.  Read more here.

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Seattle Seahawks Punter Adds Kick to Portland Pickles Operations

When Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan purchased a minority stake in the Portland Pickles baseball club back in April, he stated his intention to be involved in the operations of the team, while helping to craft an eccentric atmosphere at the ballpark.  As of July 3, the team is averaging 1,642 fans per game.  Read more here.  Read about the Pickles’ 2017 home opener here.  View home opener photos here.

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West Coast League Introduces New President

PRESS RELEASE -West Coast League Interim President Tony Bonacci – WCL Vice President and owner of the Cowlitz Black Bears – announced the hiring of longtime baseball executive Brian Sloan as the league’s new President this morning. Sloan assumes his President’s duties effective immediately. Continue reading

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Luzerne County Approves Settlement, Lackawanna County Expected to Follow Suit

Seven years after Luzerne County filed a lawsuit against neighboring Lackawanna County and the Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority of Lackawanna County regarding the sale of the region’s Triple-A baseball franchise, Luzerne County Council approved a $4 million settlement offer.  Read more here.

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