FirstEnergy Park to Become Jurassic Ballpark

Lakewood BlueClaws Alternative LogoPRESS RELEASE – What happens if you give a dinosaur a “Selfie Stick?” Find out at the BlueClaws game on Monday, July 6th. Continue reading

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MiLB Prez Puts Squeeze on Spotsylvania County Ballpark Negotiations

Minor League Baseball LogoMinor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner recently sent an email to Hagerstown Suns (Single-A, South Atlantic League) owner Bruce Quinn stating that it is “unlikely” the league will extend the team’s July 31 deadline to negotiate with Spotsylvania County (VA).  Read more here.  You know the drill here.

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Dothan (AL) Planning Ballpark Feasibility Study

Minor League Baseball LogoDothan (AL), a city of 68,000 about 15 miles north of the Florida Panhandle, plans to initiate a $50,000 feasibility study to determine the viability of building a new ballpark and bringing a minor league team to town.  The local chamber and visitors bureau are partnering to hire Conventions, Sports and Leisure International (CSL) to handle the project.  Read more here.


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Ozarks Pro Baseball Ready to Play Ball, Wilkinson Split Discussed

Ozarks Pro BaseballTony Hutchinson, one of the founders of Ozarks Pro Baseball, says tryouts have been held, and the teams in the new league — named the Black Bears, Copperheads, Cottonmouths, Mountaineers, Ridgerunners and Whitetails — should begin play around July 5.  At this point, the circuit will not play at Price Cutter Park.  Read more here and here.  Below is a comment from Hutchinson about the split with coach and administrator Art Wilkinson:

“[T]he skepticism about what we’re trying to do because of Art has made it difficult.  It’s been tough on us to get things done that we thought were taken care of because of Art.  But we’re hopeful.”

Read two statements from Mr. Wilkinson and some of the “skepticism” in our comments section here.


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UK Trustees Approve Funds for New Ballpark Design

University of KentuckyThe University of Kentucky Board of Trustees have approved spending $4 million to begin designing the 4,500-seat Cliff Hagan Baseball Stadium for the Wildcats baseball team.  Read more here.

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Utica (MI) Breaks Ground on ‘Jimmy John’s Field’

United Shore Professional Baseball LeagueJimmy Johns FieldOfficials from Macomb County, Utica, the state and General Sports and Entertainment broke ground today on the $12-million baseball stadium that will serve as the home of the three-team United Shore Professional Baseball League.  Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s and mortgage lending  company United Shore are the official naming rights partners of the ballpark and league.  Read more here.  Watch news report here.

Utica Michigan Ballpark Rendering


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Hazardous Waste Cleanup Scheduled for Site of Proposed Utica (MI) Ballpark

General SportsBefore the first pitch is thrown at the proposed new $10 million baseball stadium in Utica, a brownfield cleanup program will be launched to remove close to 20,000 tons of contaminated soil from the property.  Read more here.

Utical MI Ballpark Rendering

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