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Judge Issues Ruling in Lake County Fielders Case

LakeCountyFieldersLake County Circuit Court Judge Jorge Ortiz issued a 37-page ruling Thursday on a lawsuit filed by the indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League) against Zion (IL), city officials and a developer that reportedly retains significant claims (including fraud and conspiracy) while also dismissing some aspects of the suit.  The next hearing is set for Dec. 4.  Read more here.

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Committee Recommends New Ballpark for Kokomo (IN)

Kokomo Dodgers T from Prep Sports WearA blue-ribbon committee in Kokomo (IN) concluded last week that Highland Park Stadium should get a facelift, and that a new stadium should also be built in a new location. Read more here.  As you might recall back in February, Mayor Greg Goodnight announced plans to renovate the old stadium, which hosted Class-D teams from 1955-1961. Continue reading

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Rehashing the Fielders: A Player’s Perspective

LakeCountyFieldersFor those  interested in the failed indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League), a link to an in-depth article by Shannon Proudfoot appearing on SportsNet.com last fall was recently posted on AABFAN.com.  It’s worth a read, even if you paid close attention to the happenings of the Fielders.  Read more here.

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McHenry County Stadium Project Still Stalled, Developer Targets 2014 Opening

EquityOne Sports Development had expected to break ground on a new stadium in Woodstock (IL) for the expansion McHenry County K-Nines (Frontier League) back in 2009, but the economy and a yet-to-be-resolved wetlands issue with the The Army Corps of Engineers has kept the project stalled.  Financing remains the biggest hurdle, but EquityOne Continue reading

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Campaign (IL) Formalizes Plan to Determine Ballpark Feasilbity

In a 5-3 straw poll, the Champaign (IL) City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with Mayor Don Gerard‘s plan to explore building a new baseball stadium.  Read more here.  As we posted previously, the mayor first floated his idea last summer.

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Pondering Affiliation in Joliet

This is all wishful thinking, but some would like to see affiliated ball in Joliet (IL).  First, we completely disagree with the premise that Silver Cross Field needs an affiliated club in order the fill the seats.  Second, with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox in town, there are obvious territorial obstacles.  Third, if the idea is to target those two clubs, forget about it.  The Cubs are reportedly moving their Continue reading

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Fielders Out for 2012

No suprise here, but the indy pro Lake County Fielders (North American League) have announced that they are sitting out the 2012 season.   As you know, the franchise is now in a legal battle with the City of Zion (IL) over city’s failure to build a new ballpark.  The city has countersued for unpaid back rent.  Read more here.

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Champaign Mayor Finally Appoints Ballpark Exploratory Committee

Champaign (IL) Mayor Don Gerard has finally appointed an exploratory committee to determine the feasbility of building a new minor league ballpark, after announcing the idea last summer.  The group, led by software executive Tony Johnston, will begin discussions on Monday, Jan. 30.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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New Life for Fielders?

We don’t know how much legitimacy there is to this story, but there is apparently talk in Zion (IL) about a proposed new $70 million sports and entertainment cooridor that could include a new ballpark for the indy pro Lake County Fielders (North American League).  We think there is too much poison in the water for this to happen, but it would put an end to the lawsuitsRead more here.

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Ex-Zion EDA Director Fires Back at Fielders

J. Delaine Rogers, the City of Zion’s (IL) former economic development director, blames the indy pro Lake County Fielders (North American League) for the failed ballpark development because the team failed to pay its bills since the team’s inuagural 2010 season.  The Fielders recently filed suit against the city and officials for breach of contract and fraud in the stadium debacle.  Read more here.

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A Case of Dupery in Zion?

The indy pro Lake County Fielders (North American League) have filed suit against the City of Zion (IL) and others claiming $10.7 million in damages because the city failed to build them a new ballpark as promised.  Beyond a simple breach of contract claim, the Fielders are accusing Zion officials of fraud.  Read more here.

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Fielders Still Interested in Zion, But 2012 Options a Plenty

The indy pro Lake County Fielders are still interested in playing in Zion (IL), if a new ballpark is built.  If not, “[T]here are plenty of options for the Fielders,” according to team spokesman Bernie DiMeo.  The city appears to be preparing for a legal fight.  As an interesting side note, the Fielders still owe Carthage College $7,500 for hosting 15 games during the Fielders’ inaugural season in 2010.  Read more here.

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Champaign Mayor Wants Double-A Ball

Newley elected Champaign (IL) Mayor Don Gerard is demonstrating a little naïveté about minor league baseball.  The mayor wants a Double-A club for the new ballpark he is proposing, but figures a Single-A team is more realistic.  Based on existing league footprints and available teams in the affiliated ranks, indy pro is likely the only way to go.  Read more here.

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Fielders Blame Woes on Broken Stadium Promises

The indy pro Lake County Fielders (North American League) are blaming the City of Zion for their financial struggles because the community has not built the team a permanent stadium as promised before the 2010 season.  Read more here.

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Midwest Collegiate League Expands, Replaces Prospect League in Lisle (IL)

PRESS RELEASE – The Midwest Collegiate League announced today that an expansion franchise was awarded today to Windy City Sports & Entertainment, which will play at Benedictine University in Lisle beginning in 2012. This will mark the second expansion franchise granted for the 2012 season with the first being Kankakee, IL, which was announced earlier this week. Continue reading

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Midwest Collegiate League Expands to Kankakee (IL)

PRESS RELEASE – Summer Collegiate Baseball is coming to Kankakee beginning in the summer of 2012. Summer College Baseball has become an increasingly popular summer attraction over the past decade with more than 150 teams participating in various leagues across the country. Continue reading

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Pop the Cork: Champaign (IL) to Explore Minor League Ball

Champaign (IL) Mayor Don Gerard plans to set up an exploratory committee to determine the interest in and feasbility of building a new minor league ballpark to bring professional baseball to town.  Gerard already has a site in mind on a vacant piece of property southeast of the intersection of Neil Street and Interstate 74.  Read more here.

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