The 2017 summer collegiate baseball regular season has come to a close, and our annual summer collegiate per game average attendance ranking for each of the top 100 teams is now available.
There is always room for hope in baseball. Just ask long-suffering fans of the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. But locals who love their 20-year-old Bridgeport Bluefish should prepare to resign themselves to this being the final season. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
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.
The process to procure a new stadium for the Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) has been long and complicated with a timetable that continually has been pushed back. But for now, team leaders seem optimistic that the team could move into a new stadium next to the Vega Golden Knights’ (NHL) practice facility by the 2019 season. Read more here.
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.
MLB has dubbed Aug. 25-27 as Players Weekend, and this unprecedented event will feature a special kind of flair. Players will wear their nicknames on the back of colorful, alternate jerseys, and they are encouraged to wear (or use) customized spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s masks and bats. Read more from MLB.com here and Maury Brown here. See team examples here and here.
Officials representing the new Coastal Plain (Summer Collegiate) franchise setting up shop at Luther Williams Field in Macon (GA) have announced details about season ticket packages, which include all-you-can-eat food and drinks and in-your-seat wait service. Luther Williams stadium is slated to receive as much as $2.5 million in upgrades in preparation for the new team. Read more here. As we previously posted, the possible nicknames for the team are Soul, Bacon, Hits, Heat, and Noise.