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City to Pay Off Joe Becker Stadium Debt

Joplin’s (MO) debt for the 2015 rebuild of Joe Becker Stadium will be paid off later this year.  The City Council has agreed to a proposal by the finance director to use money in the general fund’s unrestricted fund balance to pay off the remaining debt.  The city owes $1.62 million of the $2 million it financed in an effort to enlarge the stadium for use by a professional baseball team.  Read more here.

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Name-the-Team Finalists Unveiled for Joplin Franchise

The start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional) has announced six name-the-team finalists for the new franchise that is expected to take up residence at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin (MO).  The names are Tornadoes, Twisters, Miners, Phoenix, Jacks and 66ers.  Read more and vote here.

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Joplin Approves Ballpark Lease with Ventura Sports Group

An agreement to lease Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin (MO) to Ventura Sports Group and Joplin Sports and Entertainment for a franchise in the start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional) was approved Monday night by the Joplin City Council.  The city can terminate the agreement if a six-team league is not firmed up by Oct. 15.  Read more here.

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Joplin to Negotiate with Ventura Sports Group, Start-Up SWL

A five-year lease that would allow a baseball organization to locate an independent team at Joe Becker Stadium and handle overall operations there year-round will be proposed Monday night to the Joplin City Council.  Read more here.

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Start-Up Southwest League Seeking Non-Binding Agreement with Joplin

Details about bringing a professional baseball proposal to Joplin and Joe Becker Stadium will be discussed Wednesday during a work session of the Joplin City Council.  City Manager Sam Anselm said organizers of the startup Southwest League of Professional Baseball, based in Texas, want a nonbinding agreement that would allow them to start soliciting investors for the venture.  Read more here.

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Joplin in Preliminary Talks with Frontier League

City officials are keeping Joplin (MO) ready for a pitch from professional baseball even though the Joplin Blasters (Independent Professional, American Association) struck out.  Mayor Mike Seibert this week mentioned the Frontier League (Independent Professional) in a City Council discussion about whether to install artificial turf on the infield of Joe Becker Stadium.  Read more here.

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City, Blasters Will Try Mediation to Resolve Dispute

Joplin Blasters LogoCity officials and the owners of the former Joplin Blasters (American Association, Independent Professional) have agreed to try to resolve the lawsuit between them over the lost lease revenue for Joe Becker Stadium through mediation.  Read more here.

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Trouble Brewing in Joplin

Joplin Blasters LogoJoplin’s (MO) city manager and the president and chief executive officer of the Joplin Blasters (Independent Professional, American Association) exchanged email barbs recently over whether the professional team will stay in Joplin for a third season under a renegotiated five-year contract to lease Joe Becker Stadium.  Read more here.

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New Baseball-Themed Mural for Blasters Home

Joplin Blasters LogoSix 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.

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Blasters Open Renovated Ballpark

Joplin Blasters LogoThe Joplin Blasters (Indy Pro, American Association) opened renovated Joe Becker Stadium in front of 3,694 Thursday night.  Read more here.  View photo here.

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Blasters to Take the Field at Renovated Joe Becker Stadium

Joplin Blasters LogoJoplin’s historic Joe Becker Stadium is (almost) ready to take another swing at hosting professional baseball, as the first-year Joplin Blasters (Indy Pro, American Association) take the field Tuesday night to play an exhibition game against the Kansas City T-Bones.  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Groundbreaking Held for Joe Becker Makeover

Joplin Blasters LogoOfficials with the Joplin (MO) City Council, Parks and Recreation, and the indy pro Joplin Blasters (American Association) held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Joe Becker Stadium last week to recognize the beginning of the ballpark’s $4.7 million makeover.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Blasters Hire Food Service Operator, Joe Becker Renovations Begin

Joplin Blasters LogoThe expansion indy pro Joplin Blasters (American Association) have hired Sodexo to manage food and beverage concession services for baseball games at Joe Becker Stadium, when the team begins play in 2015.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the renovations slated for the old ballpark are under way.  Read more here.

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Joplin ‘Name the Team’ Contest Ends, Chosen Name to be Announced March 4

El Paso Diablos LogoThe “Name the Team” contest for the new indy pro American Association team relocating from El Paso (TX) to Joplin (MO) ended on Friday.  Reportedly, the chosen name will be announced on Tuesday, March 4.  The former El Paso Diablos will play at to-be-renovated Joe Becker Stadium.  Learn more about the Name the Team contest hereVisit the Joplin Professional Baseball Facebook page here.

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Joplin Approves Lease for American Association Team, Outlaws Will Play On

El Paso Diablos LogoCongratulatory remarks were exchanged Tuesday night after a meeting in which the Joplin City Council approved the lease of Joe Becker Stadium for a professional baseball development that will bring the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) to town in 2015.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, the summer collegiate Joplin Outlaws (MINK League) will play on (for now).  Read more here.

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Diablos Owners Confident They Can Make It Work in Joplin

El Paso Diablos LogoThe owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) who want to relocate the franchise to Joplin (MO) say they are confident they can generate enough support for the team to make the renovation of Joe Becker Stadium worthwhile.  Read more here.

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Joplin Votes to Move Forward with Negotiations with Diablos

El Paso Diablos LogoThe Joplin (MO) City Council voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to move forward to develop a performance agreement with WLD Suarez LLC, the owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association), to redevelop Joe Becker Stadium and bring the franchise to town.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Diablos Pursuing Joplin

El Paso Diablos LogoThe Owners of the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) are proposing to make Joplin (MO) their home if the city will agree to an estimated $5.9 renovation of Joe Becker Stadium.  The city council voted unanimously Monday to continue discussions.  The Diablos were forced out of the El Paso (TX) market with the arrival of a Triple-A Pacific Coast League club.  Read more hereWatch news report here.

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Mother’s Day Is Joplin’s Time to Shine

American Association LogoMike Beatty from The Joplin Globe makes a pitch for fans to turn out in force at century-old Joe Becker Stadium on Mother’s Day, May 12, to watch the indy pro American Association’s Kansas City T-Bones and Wichita Wingnuts play an exhibition game.  Locals hope to show the league that Joplin is capable of supporting a franchise.  Read more here.

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T-Bones and Wingnuts Will Play Exhibition in Joplin, Expansion Talks Continue

American Association LogoThe indy pro American Association’s Kansas City T-Bones and Wichita Wingnuts will play an exhibition game in Joplin (MO) on May 12 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Joe Becker Stadium.  The game also could help determine interest for bringing a team to the market.  The league’s director of expansion visited Joplin back in January, but from our 10,000 foot view, the market is a tough sell.  Joe Becker Continue reading

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American Association Exploring Joplin

Charlie Meyer, president of the indy pro Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association), was in Joplin (MO) on Wednesday to take a close look at Joe Becker Stadium as a potential location for a new  franchise.  Everyone agrees that the facility would have to be renovated to be workable.  Meyer serves as the American Association’s expansion director.  Read more here.

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