The start-up Expedition League announced the arrival of its Casper (WY) franchise. The team, owned by Chuck and Mayra Heeman, will play at Mike Lansing Field. The ballpark is the former home of the Casper Ghosts (Rookie, Pioneer League), which departed for Grand Junction (CO) after the 2011 season. Read press release here.
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Plans are moving forward to bring a baseball team and a multi-use stadium to downtown High Point (NC), and it appears the Bridgeport Bluefish (Independent Professional, Atlantic League) will be heading south to open a new chapter for the franchise. Read more and watch video here. Read about hotel project here.
Bibb County (GA) leaders took a tour of historic Luther Williams Field Thursday to see the new plans for their $2.5 million renovations. The project will update 10 areas in the stadium, starting at the entrance. There will be more than 30 places to buy food, souvenirs, and more, and a 2,000-square-foot beer garden will offer local brews. Read more and watch news report here. View renderings here.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center geologist Noah Petro will be heading to Oregon soon to officiate the nation’s first baseball eclipse game delay at the home of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Single-A, Northwest League) on Aug. 21. Petro and NASA will join the teams there for eclipse-related events during a four-day “EclipseFest.” Read more here.
Sports Illustrated has posted its ranking of Major League Baseball ballparks based on food safety records from public inspection records gathered from local health departments in the United States and Canada. Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, comes in at the bottom. Read more and view list here.
When the San Antonio Missions start playing Triple-A baseball in 2019, it’s still unclear if Wolff Stadium will be the team’s long-term home. Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff thinks adding just 1,000 seats would meet the requirements for Triple-A ball. The owners of the Missions don’t believe the ballpark is their stadium of the future. Read more and watch news report here.
As hard as they’ve worked in the weight room and on their skills during the summer, Georgia State’s football players have also put in plenty of work helping put the finishing touches on the team’s new home — the former home of the Altanta Braves. Read more and view photo here.