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Pondering the Future of the Blaze

Bakersfield Blaze LogoBakersfield (CA) has had a minor-league baseball team for 73 years.  For at least 29 of those years, team officials have wanted to play in a new stadium.  That desire hasn’t changed under the frustrated current ownership.  Read more here.

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Blaze Break Off Talks with Salinas Property Owner

Bakersfield Blaze LogoAfter eight months of negotiations, the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) broke off talks with Hayward Lumber on Monday to build a ballpark for the club on Front Street next to the proposed Alisal Marketplace in Salinas (CA).  The team is still eyeing three other unidentified sites in Salinas, but time is running out for a 2016 relocation.  Read more here and here.

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Vancouver Canadians Ownership to Purchase Lancaster JetHawks

Lancaster JetHawks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lancaster JetHawks, class A affiliate of the Houston Astros, have intended to be sold by Peter A. Carfagna‘s ownership group to an ownership group headed by Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney, both Vancouver, Canada residents and owners of the successful Vancouver Canadians, short-season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays a member of the Northwest League. Continue reading

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San Jose Giants Win 2014 MacPhail Award

San Jose GiantsPRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball announced today that the San Jose Giants are the recipients of the 49th annual Larry MacPhail Award, symbolizing the top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball. The award has been presented since 1966 and is named after Hall of Famer Leland Stanford “Larry” MacPhail, Sr., who introduced innovations such as night baseball, airplane Continue reading

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Ports Unveil Ballpark 10th Anniversary Logo

Stockton Ports LogoPRESS RELEASE – With ten seasons of California League action, one California League championship, numerous special events, and many memories created at Banner Island Ballpark in the books, the Stockton Ports are excited to announce a season long celebration in 2015. The first step is the unveiling of our 10th anniversary logo. Continue reading

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City Reduces Subsidy to Ports

Stockton Ports LogoThe city of Stockton (CA) and the Single-A Stockton Ports (California League) have agreed to amend the team’s contract to play at Stockton Ballpark.  Stockton officials say the changes will reduce the city’s current $400,000 annual subsidy to the team by about $112,500.  The city is restructuring its debts as part of a Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  The Ports’ contract runs through 2044.  Read more here.

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Smooth Blazing for First Pitch to Salinas

Bakersfield Blaze LogoGeorge Watkins from The Salinas Californian provides a nice picture of how things went for  D.G. Elmore, owner of Elmore Sports Group, when he made is pitch to the Salinas (CA) City Council to bring the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) to town for the start of the 2016 season.  It appears all was lovey-dovey for Round 1.  Read more hereView Facebook page hereView Twitter page here.

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Blaze Make Pitch in Salinas

Bakersfield Blaze LogoD.G. Elmore, owner of Elmore Sports Group, met with the Salinas (CA) City Council Tuesday to pitch his idea of bringing the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) to town for the start of the 2016 season.  Elmore said he hopes to be a part of the economic development in Salinas surrounding the long-awaited Alisal Marketplace housing and shopping project.  Read more here.

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Bakersfield Blaze Eye Relocation to Salinas

Bakersfield Blaze LogoIf about $25 million from private investment materializes, D.G. Elmore could be moving his Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) to a new ballpark in Salinas (CA) in time for the 2016 season.  On Sept. 23, developer Sean Cooley, who’s behind the proposed 56-acre Alisal Marketplace project, will ask City Council to extend existing 10-year tax credits for 20 years to help support the adjacent stadium plan.  Read more here.

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Echols Accepts In-Game Prostate Exam Challenge, Plus 1980s Charleston Rainbows Jerseys

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Earlier this month, Myrtle Beach Pelicans Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich received an in-game prostate exam as he sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at a recent Pelicans home game. Milovich accepted the challenge to support Fallon Emery, a nine-year-old girl from Carolina Forest, SC who is fighting brain cancer and Continue reading

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Quakes Awarded 2015 California-Carolina League All-Star Game

Rancho Cucamonga QuakesPRESS RELEASE – The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the California League are proud to announce that on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the California-Carolina League All-Star Game will come to LoanMart Field, marking the third time Rancho Cucamonga has hosted this inter-league All-Star event. Continue reading

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Modesto Nuts Announce Name of New Pistachio Mascot

Modesto Nuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Club have announced the winning name for the newest member of their mascot family. Shelley the Pistachio, the name decided on by fans, will make her debut on Friday, June 20th at John Thurman Field. “The fans made a great choice with the name Shelley,” said Nuts General Manager Tyler Richardson. “We are excited to showcase her Continue reading

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Hero Cat Throws Out First Pitch

Bakersfield Blaze LogoTara the hero cat that saved a boy from a dog attack threw out the first pitch at the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) game Tuesday night.  Read more and watch news report hereGo to AP/ESPN coverage here.

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Kick-A** Cat Coming to Sam Lynn Field Next Week

Bakersfield Blaze LogoTara the cat, who fought off a ferocious dog to protect a child, will “throw out” the ceremonial first pitch before the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) baseball game on May 20.  Read more and watch attack video here.

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Giants to Transform Ballpark for Cinco de Mayo/’Mexican Heritage Night’ in San Jose

San Jose GiantsPRESS RELEASE – On Monday, May 5 the San Jose Giants will bring Mexican culture and cuisine to Municipal Stadium for the first-ever Mexican Heritage Night, presented by VivaFest! and Mundo Fox. The entire night will be a celebration of the Mexican culture with food, vendor booths and giveaways. Continue reading

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66ers Unveil Most Awesome, Slightly Risky Jerseys for Zombie Night

Inland Empire 66ers New SecondaryThe Single-A Inland Empire 66ers (California League) have unveiled their team jerseys for Zombie Apocalypse Night presented by LifeStream scheduled for June 12.  As you can see, they’re a bloody mess, so the feedback from some fans should be very interesting.  We want one!

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Local Reporter Dismisses Idea of Blaze Departure

Bakersfield Blaze LogoWe don’t know what planet he is living on, but Casey Keirnan from the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield (CA) seems to scoff at the idea that the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) would leave town.  Below are two of his statements: Continue reading

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Mavericks Ink Field Naming Rights Partner

High Desert Mavericks LogoThe playing surface at Stater Bros. Stadium, home of the Single-A High Desert Mavericks (California League), will be known as Heritage Field, after Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group purchased the naming rights.  For all Mavericks home games and team-sponsored events, the facility will be known as Heritage Field at Stater Bros. Stadium.  Read more here.

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San Jose Giants Unveil Improvements to Municipal Stadium

San Jose GiantsPRESS RELEASE – The San Jose Giants unveiled today a number of improvements to Municipal Stadium designed to enhance the fan experience at the ballpark. Since 1942, Municipal Stadium has been a place for families to gather and watch professional baseball and it has served as the home for top San Francisco Giants prospects since 1988. Continue reading

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Modesto Nuts Introduce New Pistachio Mascot

Modesto Nuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Club has announced a third character will be joining Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut. The character, a female pistachio, will make her first appearance at John Thurman Field in June. “We are excited to add a third character to complement Al and Wally,” said General Manager, Tyler Richardson. “We feel a strong, independent Continue reading

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’30 Days of Opening Day’ in Stockton

Stockton Ports LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Ports are excited to continue the “30 Days of Opening Day” tradition to start the 2014 season. The promotion will begin on Tuesday, March 11th and go through Wednesday, April 9th. Splash and the Ports Front Office are scheduled to appear at various Stockton locations to hand out tickets to lucky fans and will be holding social media contests throughout the promotion. Continue reading

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San Jose Giants Release 2014 Promotional Schedule

San Jose Giants LogoPRESS RELEASE – The San Jose Giants announced today their entire Promotions and Special Events Calendar for the 2014 season. Click here to view. The schedule is filled with a number of new giveaways and theme nights, along with the return of many fan favorites. 2014 single game tickets go on-sale Monday, March 10 at 10:00 AM. Continue reading

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66ers Announce ’20 for 20′ Promo for Experience of a Lifetime

Inland Empire 66ers New SecondaryPRESS RELEASE – The Inland Empire 66ers have the most dedicated fans in minor league baseball and the 66ers are thanking them by giving 20 chances to win unprecedented access to the team or other unique prizes. Continue reading

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Lake Elsinore Storm to Celebrate 20th Anniversary, Unveil Logo

Lake Elsinore Storm Eyes SmallPRESS RELEASE – On April 15, 1994 the Lake Elsinore Storm opened its gates to the community and Southern California. This season on Opening Night, April 10, the organization will commence a 20th Anniversary celebration at The Diamond that promises to be special. Continue reading

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66ers Announce Best Promo Schedule in Team History

Inland Empire 66ers New SecondaryPRESS RELEASE – The Inland Empire 66ers look to build upon the momentum generated during the 2013 season when the organization won the California League Championship and the league’s award for excellence in marketing and promotions. A loaded 2014 promotions schedule features a plethora of giveaways, theme nights, and many more surprises that will help the 66ers Continue reading

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Rawhide Add Five to Front Office

Visalia Rawhide LogoPRESS RELEASE – After a highly successful 2013 season, the Visalia Rawhide are expanding their staff for 2014, as five new hires joined the ballclub this week. Continue reading

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San Jose Giants Extend Ballpark Lease Through 2018

San Jose Giants LogoPRESS RELEASE – The San Jose City Council approved today a five year lease extension to keep the San Jose Giants playing at Municipal Stadium through the 2018 season. Terms of the agreement include the ability for the San Jose Giants to sell stadium naming rights and continue to pursue on-site development options to fund capital improvements at the ballpark. Continue reading

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Storm GM Departing for Spring-Training Gig

Lake Elsinore Storm Eyes SmallPRESS RELEASE – The Lake Elsinore Storm has officially announced that Vice President/General Manager, Bruce Kessman and Assistant General Manager, Tracy Kessman will be leaving the Storm Family and relocating to Goodyear, AZ. Continue reading

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Ports Release Community Relations Report

Stockton Ports LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Stockton Ports community fund, the Anchor Fund, is the first of its kind in the 70-year history of the organization. The Fund was established in 2007 and will help fund many community projects, with a focus on youth centers and youth sports. Continue reading

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66ers Reveal New Look

Inland Empire 66ers New SecondaryThe Single-A Inland Empire 66ers (California League) on Tuesday night introduced new logos at Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands (CA).  The branding package was designed by Brandiose.  Read more here and here.

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66ers to Unveil New Logos

Inland Empire 66ers LogoPRESS RELEASE –  On Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 – the Inland Empire 66ers invite you to a grand unveiling event at local-favorite Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands. The California League Champions have been hard at work transforming the brand of the 66ers and are now ready to unveil new logos ahead of their 2014 campaign. Special edition pint glasses will be provided as a Continue reading

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JetHawks Unveil Updated On-Field Caps, Alternate Jersey Design

Lancaster JetHawks LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lancaster JetHawks Professional Baseball Club, class A affiliate of the Houston Astros, introduced updates to its team identity system during an open house party at The Hangar Wednesday evening. Continue reading

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Elmore Reclaims Ownership of Blaze

Bakersfield Blaze LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Bakersfield Blaze are pleased to announce that D.G. Elmore of the Elmore Sports Group has reclaimed ownership of the club, the second ownership transition in the past two years. Continue reading

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Lake Elsinore Ballpark District Still Awaiting Development

Lake Elsinore Storm Eyes SmallLake Elsinore (CA) leaders in the early 1990s had high expectations that building a new ballpark for the Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm (California League) would serve as a catalyst for the creation of a thriving commercial district in that part of town.  It didn’t happen, but that could change with the upswing in economy and new homes being built nearby.  Read more here.

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No New Ballpark for Bakersfield Blaze

Bakersfield Blaze LogoPlans for a new ballpark in Bakersfield (CA) for the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (California League) are apparently dead, as team owners Gene Voiland and Chad Hathaway said Monday that their tireless efforts to raise money for a privately funded facility have fallen substantially short of what is needed to make the project happen.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe Mock for the link.

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California League Announces 2013 Executive Awards

California League LogoPRESS RELEASE – The California League is proud to announce its Executive Awards for the 2013 season. Continue reading

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Mavericks Name New General Manager

High Desert Mavericks LogoPRESS RELEASE – Having just completed the 2013 season, the High Desert Mavericks are embarking in a new direction with a new staff, led by a new General Manager. The Advanced-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners announced on Tuesday it has named Ryan Cook, a native of southern California, as the team’s new General Manager. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Banner Island Ballpark (Stockton, CA)

Stockton Ports LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Single-A Stockton Ports (California League).  Read more and view photos in a two-part series here and here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: John Thurman Field (Modesto, CA)

Modesto Nuts LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited John Thurman Field, home of the Single-A Modesto Nuts (California League).  Read more and view photos here.

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San Jose Giants Welcome 4-Millionth Fan

San Jose Giants LogoPRESS RELEASE – Derrell Sanderson helped make history Friday night at Municipal Stadium when he entered the front gate as the 4,000,000th fan in San Jose Giants history based on regular season attendance. Municipal Stadium has been the home of the San Jose Giants since 1988. Continue reading

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