Six students from the Missouri Southern State University art club, Focal Point, and their professor have been hard at work on a baseball-themed mural featuring Mickey Mantle and Joe Beccker that will be installed at Joe Becker Stadium, home of the Joplin Blasters (Indy Pro, American Association). Read more here. See photos here. Read team press release here.
Tag Archives: Independent Professional
On Tuesday, New Britain (CT) Mayor Erin Stewart told a local news station that the city and the independent professional Atlantic League have finalized the first part of a lease agreement that could bring a team to New Britain as early as 2016 to replace the departing New Britain Rock Cats (Double-A, Eastern League). Read more and watch news report here.
There is not much new here for those who follow the baseball industry closely, but writer Andrew Beaton via The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the business of independent professional baseball. Read more here.
Chris Lee of Kenwood (CA) started trying to bring baseball back to Sonoma County in 2004. More than 10 years later, he is still at it. The Pacific Association aside, Sonoma County hasn’t had minor league baseball since the Sonoma County Crushers (Indy Pro, Western Baseball League) played at now-demolished Rohnert Park Stadium from 1995-2003. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link. Read background story here.
Progress is being made on Jimmy Johns Field, the minor league ballpark currently under construction in Utica (MI) for a new three-team independent professional league called the United Shore Professional Baseball League. The $12 million project is being privately funded and is led by Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment. The team names have been narrowed down the the following: 59’ers, Beavers, Blue Collars, Diamond Hoppers, Fizz, Mud Pups, Rally Caps, River Rats, Screeching Cicadas, Stags, Steelheads and Unicorns. Read more here.
Demolition work is underway on Midway Stadium. The 6,000-seat stadium in the shadows of the state fairgrounds served as the home of the St. Paul Saints (Indy Pro, American Association) for more than 20 years. The team now plays at brand new CHS Field in Lowertown. Read more and view photos here.