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Will Locals Save BorderCats?

A week ago, Northwoods League (Summer Collegiate) Chairman and Co-Founder Dick Radatz, Jr. blasted the past and current ownership of the Thunder Bay BorderCats as a “malady of incompetency.”  Below is more of what Radatz had to say:

“Very frankly, we’ve had incompetent ownership up there for quite some time, and they have not run the franchise properly.  It’s severely under-performed, and it’s a shame that the people of Canada had to experience this incompetency, truthfully.”

The franchise has clearly been an embarrassment for the powerhouse circuit for years, as it’s attendance has continued to languish at or near the bottom despite operating in a market with a population of over 100,000.  A group of local investors is scrambling to raise funds to save the franchise before the league-decreed deadline and upcoming October league meetings in Madison (WI).  Read more here.

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Montreal Mayor on Return of MLB: ‘We’re In’

After 45-minutes of talks with businessmen Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Gerber about bringing Major League Baseball back to Montreal (QC), Mayor Valerie Plante said, “we’re in.”  Plante didn’t even rule out putting public money into the project, as long as it was approved by citizens in a referendum.  Read more here.

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Montreal Mayor to Meet Friday with Promoters of MLB’s Return to the City

Mayor Valérie Plante says she’s looking forward to meeting Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Garber on Friday to discuss the return of Major League Baseball to Montreal (QC).  Bronfman and Garber head a group of investors in talks to land an MLB team for the city, through expansion or relocation of an existing franchise.  Read more here.

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WMBL’s Swift Current Indians Change Name, Unveil Logo

swift-current-57sPRESS RELEASE – The 2016 Western Major Baseball league champions have a new name. Honouring the 57 seasons the team played as The Swift Current Indians, the WMBL baseball team in Swift Current will now use the nickname “57’s”. Continue reading

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College Interested in Kitchener Panthers Ballpark Plan

Kitchener Panthers LogoThe Kitchener Panthers (Intercounty Baseball League) are in early talks with Conestoga College in Kitchener (ON) about partnering to build a shared-use, 1,500-seat baseball stadium on college land for a price tag of around $5-$10 million.  Read more here.

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A Possible Site for a New Montreal Ballpark?

Montreal Expos LogoMontreal baseball fans dreaming of the return of major league baseball were teased once again Monday after developer Luc Poirier said that his newly purchased downtown property could become a baseball stadium.  Read more here.

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Alberta Town Wants WMBL Team

Western Major Baseball League LogoOrganizers in the City of Brooks in southeast Alberta, Canada, have announced that they are seeking a franchise in the summer collegiate Western Major Baseball League.  The team would play at the recently completed Brooks Quad Ball Complex.  Read more here.  Thanks to Phil Savage for the link.

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