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Rickwood Field Expected to Reopen in Time for 2018 Rickwood Classic

Emergency structural repairs to historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham (AL) are expected to start soon and be completed in time for the annual Rickwood Classic in May.  The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved awarding a $1 million contract to JJ Morley Enterprises Inc. to complete structural work under the grand stand of the field.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the heads up.

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Hoover Met to Host MLB Prospects Scouting Event

Baseball is still alive at the MiLB-departed Hoover Met.  The top 150 Major League Baseball prospects for the East Coast will be coming to Hoover (AL) this summer, as East Coast Pro, a non-profit run by MLB scouts, will stage its annual scouting event at the Hoover Met Complex Aug. 1 through 4, 2018.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the heads up.

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Barons Unveil ‘Magic City’ Alternative Unis and Merchandise

The Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League) will debut a new “Magic City” alternate jersey and cap during the upcoming 2018 season.  Read more and view photos here.  Thanks to John DeLeonard for the heads up.

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Barons to Host 2018 Southern League All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

PRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons are excited to announce that Regions Field will host the 2018 Southern League All-Star Game. The Barons, in partnership with Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Wetumpka and the Southern League, will put on multiple events to welcome the best and brightest stars of the Southern League to the Magic City. Continue reading

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Rickwood Field Closes for Emergency Repairs, Rickwood Classic Moved

Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark in America and one of only two original Negro League baseball stadiums still standing, has been closed for emergency repairs.  According the Rickwood Facebook page:

“Based on preliminary inspections by the City of Birmingham engineers, structural shoring and repair will be necessary before Rickwood will be ready to host another event. The City has declared the need for repairs and emergency situation and work will begin immediately. The City has budgeted $450,000 in phase 2 bond funds to being the work.”).

As a result, the annual Rickwood Classic scheduled for May 31 has been moved to Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League).  Read more here.

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Tim Tebow Pursuing Baseball Career, Minor League Teams Engage

Birmingham Barons LogoBridgeport Blue Fish LogoESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that the former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion Tim Tebow is pursuing a career in professional baseball. Several minor league teams responded, including the Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League) and Bridgeport Bluefish (Independent Professional, Atlantic League).  Read more here.

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Sculpture of Willie Mays to be Unveiled

Birmingham Barons LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is dedicating a sculpture created by local artists Caleb O’ Connor and Craig Wedderspoon as a lasting tribute to former Time Inc. CEO and current Birmingham Barons owner, Don Logan, the Society’s 2015 Legacy of Leadership honoree. Continue reading

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