Vote Today on Future of Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium

A big vote is happening today for the future of Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile (AL).  Since the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) packed their bags and moved to a new home in North Alabama, questions have swirled about the future of this historic ballpark.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Home of Storm Chasers Getting Upgrades to Make Room for Pro Soccer

Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) is undergoing a $2.4 million renovation to make room for Nebraska’s first professional soccer team — the Union Omaha (United Soccer League).  Read more here.

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City Reviews, Cuts Cost of Edmond (OK) Ball Fields Renovation

City of Edmond (OK) staff are reviewing renovation costs for AC Caplinger Park.  The park is located north of the entrance to Hafer Park off Ninth Street and Bryant Avenue.  The initial cost estimates were about $16 million.  Read more here.  Read previous story here.  Edmond is a suburb of Oklahoma City with a population over 90,000.

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Communities, Congress Fighting Back Against MLB’s Minor League Contraction Plan

Norwich (CT) Mayor Peter Nystrom says he plans to fight hard to preserve his town’s little piece of Americana — the soon-to-be-renamed Connecticut Tigers (we’re hoping for Narwhals) (Single-A, New York-Penn League).  Mayor Norstrom stated:

I’m writing to every municipality affected by this.  These are community centers.  Dodd Stadium is a community center.  To me, this is a stab in the back.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, who represents Norwich, said he believes MLB has underestimated the clout these communities have.  He co-authored a letter signed by over 100 colleagues to MLB officials outlining the negative implications of contraction and reminding them Congress has the power to reconsider the league’s antitrust exemption.  MLB respondedRead more here.

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Plans for Shakopee Ballpark Formally Announced, American Association Targeted

Plans were formally announced this week for an 8,500-seat baseball stadium in Shakopee (MN) that a newly formed minor league team will call home.  A goal for the team is to be a part of the American Association (Independent Professional) and revive the old-time rivalry between the Minneapolis Millers and the St. Paul Saints.  Read more here.  Read previous news here.

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Worcester Red Sox Unveil ‘WooSox’ Branding

On Monday evening, Boston’s Triple-A affiliate announced that, beginning in 2021, it will be known as the Worcester Red Sox. But while that’s the International League team’s official moniker, its “WooSox” nickname promises to be more prominent.  Read more here. See more logos hereSee gear here.

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Trash Pandas Introduce ‘Sprocket”

Intertwining baseball and Huntsville’s (AL) space legacy heritage, the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Double-A, Southern League) have revealed the name of the team’s mascot — “Sprocket.”  While a sprocket is a wheel with teeth or cogs, it’s also a colloquial shorthand for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.  Read more here.

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