Musical Ballparks: Elmore Will Move Three MiLB Teams

In not so surprising, news, the Minor League Baseball landscape will look a little different in 2019 after an ownership group announced plans to relocate three teams on Wednesday.  Read more here.  With Amarillo (TX) locking down the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League), the next questions is, what happens to Wichita (KS)?  Read background story here.

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MiLB President Presses Prince William County on New P-Nats Ballpark

Minor League Baseball Pat O’Connor showed his frustration yesterday at the lack of urgency to build the Potomac Nationals (Single-A, Carolina League) a new stadium.  In a meeting with the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, he said Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge (VA) is not up to the league’s player development and fan standards.  Read more here.

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Stadium Board Hears About Improvement Needs at Spirit Communications Park

The Columbia Fireflies (Single-A, South Atlantic League) and city officials told a newly formed stadium board of advisers this week that several expensive upkeep projects are in the works for Spirit Communications Park, the minor league ballfield that only opened just over a year ago.  Read more and view photos here.

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Spinners Extend Ballpark Lease

PRESS RELEASE – The Lowell Spinners, short season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are proud to announce that they will be staying at LeLacheur Park after having signed a 10-year lease extension with the city of Lowell. Spinners’ owner Dave Heller made the announcement on the field prior to the first game of the season. The previous lease was signed in 2009 and set to expire after the 2018 season. Continue reading

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New TV Pilot ‘Vendors’ Inspired by Experiences at Wrigley Field, ‘Scrubs’

Actor/Director Joel Murray was in Chicago directing a half-hour indie TV pilot called “Vendors,” about a guy who loses his job and his girlfriend and ends up back at his old stomping grounds, working as a vendor at a baseball stadium.  The pilot was shot at Northwestern Medicine Field, home of the Kane County Cougars (Single-A, Midwest League), as well as other locations in Chicago.  Read more here, here, and here.

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A’s Narrowing Search for Ballpark Site

The A’s search for a new home in Oakland has narrowed to three locations, but the team appears to have strong interest in a 13-acre site near downtown that is now the headquarters of the Peralta Community College District.  Read more and view aerial photo here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: The Depot at Cleburne Station (Cleburne, TX)

Joe Mock BaseballParksJoe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited The Depot at Cleburne Station, the brand-new home of the first-year Cleburne Railroaders (Independent Professional, American Association).  The ballpark was designed by Populous.  Read more and view photos here.

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