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Atlantic League Tests Electronic Strike Zone

Perhaps lost in the shuffle of viral videos and managerial milestones was the historic, in-game test of the “Trackman strike zone” at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots (Independent Professional, Atlantic League) on Thursday morning/afternoon.  It was a day mainly marked by confusion; umpires were told to call “their” strike zone, but players, coaches and even some of the umpires themselves seemed to be confused about this.  Read more here.  Read background story here.

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City, Slammers Secure Ballpark Naming Rights Partner

The home of the Joliet Slammers (Independent Professional, Frontier League) in Joliet (IL) is reportedly getting a new name.  According to a source, the ballpark will be known as DuPage Medical Group Field at Route 66 Stadium.  An official announcement is expected soon.  Read more here.

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OOB Surge Relocate to New York, Can-Am and EPBL to Battle in Series

The Old Orchard Beach Surge (Independent Professional, Empire Professional Baseball League) have relocated from The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach (ME) to Saranac Lake (NY).  The team will be known as the Saranac Lake Surge.  Read more here.  In other news, the The Can-Am League (Independent Professional) announced last week that the EPBL’s all-star team, the Empire League Grays, will play four games against the 2018 Can-Am League champion Sussex County Miners.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.

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Explorers Hire Pitkin as Director of Baseball and Stadium Operations

PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux City Explorers announce today the hiring of Boyd Pitkin as Director of Baseball and Stadium Operations. Pitkin will help lead the Explorers during their 27th season in Siouxland.

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Rockers Open New Park, Mascot Gets a Name

The High Point Rockers (Independent Professional, Atlantic League) held their inaugural home opener on Thursday, May 2, at the new BB&T Point in front of a reported crowd of 5,000.  Read more here.  View photo gallery here.

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United Shore League Operating in the Black, Begins Fourth Season May 10

Andy Appleby, chief investor in a small group that launched the Utica (MI)-based United Shore Professional Baseball League in 2016, said the endeavor that combines developmental baseball with affordable family fun should again be as financially profitable as its first three seasons.  Appleby said he’s in talks with four or five expansion cities.  Read more here.

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Blue Crabs Replace Ballpark Videoboard

One of the major additions to the start of the 2019 Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (Independent Professional, Atlantic League) season at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf (MD) is the brand-new LED video board from Brookings (SD)-based Daktronics out in right-center field.  Read more here.

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