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United Shore League Opens Inaugural Season in Front of Sold Out Crowd

United Shore Professional Baseball LeagueJimmy Johns Field Utica MIThe start-up, three-team United Shore Professional Baseball League kicked off its inaugural season today at the new Jimmy John’s Field in front of a sold-out crowd.  Read more and watch news report here.

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United Shore Season Begins Today, Appleby Eyes Massive Midwest Expansion

United Shore Professional Baseball LeagueToday marks the launch of the three-team developmental United Shore Professional Baseball League at the new 2,000-seat, $15-million Jimmy John’s Field.  But according to owner Andy Appleby, former owner of the Fort Wayne Wizards (Single-A, Midwest League), this is just the beginning.  He envisions expanding the USPBL to 20 teams in 10 Midwest stadiums over the next decade.  By 2017, he wants at least four to six teams playing, and 10 to 12 teams by 2020.  Read more here.

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Saints Honor Prince with Jerseys, Break Single-Game Attendance Record

Saint Paul Saints Prince LogoPRESS RELEASE – The St. Paul Saints donned their purple uniforms on Sunday evening to honor Minnesota’s own Prince. The fans came out in record number as 10,443, a new franchise record, watched Saints starter Mark Hamburger hurl a complete game in a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City T-Bones at CHS Field. Continue reading

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Start-Up United Shore League Begins Inaugural Season Monday

United Shore Professional Baseball LeagueJimmy Johns Field Utica MIThe inaugural season of the United Shore Professional Baseball League will kick off May 30 at the nearly complete Jimmy John’s Field adjacent to historic downtown Utica (MI).  Read more and view stadium photo gallery here.

Team logos unveiled, United Shore Professional Baseball League Facebook photo

Team logos unveiled, United Shore Professional Baseball League Facebook photo

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Muckdogs to Waldorf: Not So Fast?

Batavia Muckdogs LogoInitial reports about the latest rumor said a minority-led group purchased the Batavia Muckdogs (Single-A, New York-Penn League) and wants it to move to Waldorf (MD).  And that’s where a sort of spider web of overlapping baseball intrigue begins to occur for the potential move.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Moody’s Downgrades Ramapo’s Credit Rating

Rockland BouldersRamapo’s (NY) credit rating was cut by Moody’s Investors Service as the town copes with the fallout from a baseball-stadium project that led to unprecedented criminal fraud charges against local officials.  Read more here.

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Big Changes at Lewis & Clark Park

Sioux City Explorers LogoFans of the Sioux City Explorers (Independent Professional, American Association) will see some big changes at Lewis and Clark Park when the X’s open their season Thursday against the Sioux Falls Canaries. Improvements include a 19.6-by-36.4-foot, $400,000 video board.  Read more here.

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