Tag Archives: Independent Professional

Start-Up Baseball League Targets African Americans, Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff (AR) is one of the cities being considered for a franchise in a new professional baseball league geared toward African-American players.  Representatives of the National Urban Professional Baseball League will hold tryouts at Pine Bluff Regional Park on May 31 and June 1, according to Michael Mayden, a former professional scout who is helping to organize the league.  Read more here.  Read about Tennessee team here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the heads up.

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Introducing: The “New” Bethpage Ballpark

PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday evening, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the Long Island Ducks and representatives from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works unveiled the team’s brand new LED field lighting system. Following the ceremonies, the Ducks took the field under the new lights for the very first time for the team’s final workout prior to the start of the 2017 season. Continue reading

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No Foolin: Saints and Railroaders to Battle It Out as Duck, Duck…

It started as an April Fools joke when the St. Paul Saints announced they would play the 2017 season using 50 different names for their 50 home games. In a social media world where trolling is an art form, the Saints painted a Picasso. Continue reading

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T-Bones Hire New Voice

PRESS RELEASE – The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have hired veteran play-by-play announcer Dan Vaughan as the club’s new Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations. Continue reading

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The Sandcastle Not Looking Good

One month away from its 20th birthday, the once-beautiful Surf Stadium in Atlantic City (NJ) (aka The Sandcastle) has again fallen into a state of disrepair, according to local beat writer David Weinberg.  Read more here.

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Bridgeport Throws Out Ballpark Use Bids, Will Start Over

Due to a technicality, the city of Bridgeport (CT) is tossing out three competing bids it received last week to operate the Ballpark at Harbor Yard and initiating a do-over.  On Twitter, Jamie Toole, former general manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish (Independent Professional, Atlantic League), had a few choice words for the city.  Read more here.

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Atlantic League to High Point (NC)?

The High Point (NC) City Council approved spending up to $15 million to purchase land in downtown High Point for a multi-purpose stadium to serve as home of an Atlantic League (Independent Professional) baseball franchise.  Read more and view renderings here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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