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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 Hears Pitch from Ballpark Suitor

A newly formed professional baseball league wants an answer from Joplin (MO) city officials by about Nov. 15 on whether the city would be willing to lease Joe Becker Stadium, starting in 2019, for a Joplin team.  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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Blasters Seek Payment Forgiveness, Lease Restructuring to Save Team

Joplin Blasters LogoSaying they cannot afford to operate in Joplin (MO) without a lease restructuring because of lower than expected paid attendance, the owners of the Joplin Blasters (Indy Pro, American Association) announced they want the Joplin City Council to forgive the $37,500 quarterly lease payment that was not paid on Oct. 1, and to reduce the annual lease in future seasons from $150,000 to $50,000.  Read more here.  View proposal here.  Watch news report here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Joe Becker Stadium (Joplin, MO)

Charlies Ballparks PageJoplin Blasters LogoCharles O’Reilly from CharliesBallparks.com recently visited Joe Becker Stadium (50 photos), home of the Joplin Blasters (Indy Pro, American Association).  View photo gallery here.

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