PRESS RELEASE – The Prospect League is proud to announce further expansion with the additions of the Clinton LumberKings and Burlington Bees. “We are proud to announce that both the Burlington Bees and the Clinton LumberKings are joining the Prospect League for the upcoming 2021 season and beyond,” said Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien. “We applaud their decision to be a part of our league and welcome them with open arms.” Continue reading
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Prospect League Adds Clinton LumberKings, Burlington Bees to Lineup
Filed under League & Franchise, Market & Location, Uncategorized
Goundbreaking Soon for New Beloit Ballpark, Opening Targeted for 2021
Members of the Riverbend Stadium Authority say they expect new, state-of-the-art baseball stadium in Beloit (WI) for the Beloit Snapper’s (Single-A, Midwest League) will be ready in time for the 2021 season. Read more here.
Get Your Ballpark Food Fix
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are offering their fans Ballpark Dinners To-Go on Tuesday, April 28. Fans may order dinner online through the team’s website and pickup their order any time between 4:30pm and 6:30pm on that day. Read more here. The Clinton LumberKings are offering curbside ballpark food pickup too. Read more here. Click here for Order Form.
Filed under Food & Beverage, Uncategorized
TinCaps Unveil Uniforms for Manzanas Luchadoras Identity
PRESS RELEASE – The Fort Wayne TinCaps unveiled the uniforms for their Manzanas Luchadoras identity on Thursday. The team will be taking the field as the Manzanas Luchadoras (“Fighting Apples” in Spanish) for six games at Parkview Field during the 2020 season as part of Minor League Baseball’s Es Divertido Ser Un Fan (“It’s Fun to be A Fan”) Hispanic fan engagement initiative.
Timber Rattlers to Host Summer Collegiate Teams for Inaugural Showcase
The summer collegiate Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and the Madison Mallards will play in the inaugural Northwoods League “Road to the Show Minor League Classic” at Neuroscience Group Field, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Single-A, Midwest League), on Wednesday, June 24. This will be the first Northwoods League game played in a current minor league stadium. Read more and watch news report here.
Dragons Announce New Stadium Naming Rights Agreement with Day Air Credit Union
PRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons and Day Air Credit Union today announced a 10-year partnership providing stadium naming rights through 2029. Beginning today, the facility will be named Day Air Ballpark. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Kane County Cougars Announce Capital Improvements
PRESS RELEASE – The Kane County Cougars have announced multiple capital improvement projects that will take place prior to the organization’s 30th-anniversary season and will assist in the continued modernization of Northwestern Medicine Field.
Latest Plans and Renderings Released for New Beloit Ballpark
Development plans and renderings for the proposed 3,500-seat baseball stadium in downtown Beloit (WI) for the Beloit Snappers (Single-A, Midwest League) have been released. Read more here. View more renderings here.
Lugnuts Release 25th Anniversary Logo
PRESS RELEASE – As the anticipation builds towards the 25th season of Lansing Lugnuts baseball, the Lugnuts have released their special 25th Anniversary logo, to be worn on the team uniform during the 2020 season.
Filed under Branding & Marketing
Parker Named MiLB’s Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year
PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. announced today that Burlington Bees General Manager Kim Parker has been named the recipient of the 43rd Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award. Since 1976, the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award has been presented annually to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to her club or league, or to baseball. Parker will receive the award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Awards Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego.
TinCaps Host Midwest League Fall Meeting, MiLB Commissioner Heaps Praise
The last time Pat O’Conner was at Parkview Field was opening day of 2009, the first baseball game ever played in the downtown stadium. O’Conner, president of Minor League Baseball since 2007, returned to Fort Wayne on Wednesday for the Midwest League’s Fall Meeting, which the TinCaps played host to for the first time this week. Read more here.
Filed under Conference & Events, Stadium Issues
Hot Rods to Host 2020 Midwest League All-Star Game
PRESS RELEASE – The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, are excited to announce the 56th Annual 2020 Midwest League All-Star Game, presented by Med Center Health, and Home Run Derby will be hosted at Bowling Green Ballpark. All-Star festivities will begin on Saturday, June 20th culminating in the Midwest League All-Star Game on June 23rd, 2020.
Filed under Branding & Marketing, Conference & Events
Pitch Made, Renderings Released of Proposed Beloit Ballpark
Key stakeholders looking to build a downtown stadium for the Beloit Snappers (Single-A, Midwest League) made their first pitch to the Beloit City Council and city residents at a meeting Monday night. Read more and view renderings here.
Snappers Being Sold, New Downtown Ballpark Proposed
Quint Studer and Diane Hendricks have announced that they are buying the Beloit Snappers (Single-A, Midwest League) and proposing a new stadium near the Rock River behind Beloit City Hall. Studer Entertainment & Retail currently co-owns the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A, Southern League). Read more here and here. Watch news report here.
Governor’s Veto Could Impact Beloit’s Effort for Ballpark State Aid
A fund that could have allowed for tax dollars to be spent on building projects across the state, including a new downtown stadium for the Beloit Snappers (Single-A, Midwest League), has been partially vetoed by Governor Tony Evers. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
Transforming Lugnuts’ Home from Baseball to Soccer is No Easy Task – VIDEO
It’s a long and tedious process turning a baseball diamond into a soccer field. It’s a process that the grounds crew for the Lansing Lugnuts (Single-A, Midwest League and Ignite soccer team haven’t done often. Friday night’s installment was only their second go-around, and it’s been a learning experience. Read more and watch news report here.
Filed under Field & Turf, Stadium Issues
Bandits Close to Returning to Modern Woodmen Park
When Mississippi River floodwaters went down late last week, a temporary solution went up which will allow baseball to return soon to Davenport’s (IA) Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Single-A, Midwest League). The River Bandits have had to move eight games of their 70-game home schedule to other venues in the first three weeks of the season. Read more here.
Welcome to Baseball Island ⚾️🌴 pic.twitter.com/yvPxaAr7K5
— Quad Cities River Bandits (@QCRiverBandits) April 16, 2019
Filed under Stadium Issues
Soccer Makes Home Debut at Lugnuts’ Ballpark
45 minutes into the game, the Lansing Ignite Football Club (USL League One) brought 3,369 fans to their feet by scoring the team’s first home goal inside Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday night. The affair was a historic one — the first professional soccer match to be played in Michigan since the Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League back in 1980. Read more here. View photo gallery here.
View from the @LansingIgnite home opener. pic.twitter.com/fFJmoyXndI
— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) April 13, 2019
Snappers Excited for Another Season, But Ongoing Ballpark Woes Put Team in Jeopardy
The Beloit Snappers (Single-A, Midwest League) are fired up to begin the new season with a new skipper at the helm. Read more here. But underlying the excitement for the new season is the uncertain future for the club playing in one of the most outdated ballparks in the minors. Time has not run out on the Snappers’ bid to build a new home, but it’s getting close, however. Very close. Read more here.
Filed under Design & Construction, Market & Location, Stadium Issues
Construction Underway at Parkview Field, Theme Jerseys Unveiled
As the weather begins to warm for another season for the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A, Midwest League), construction at Parkview Field has begun on a new group hospitality seating area. Read more here. Meanwhile, the team has unveiled their theme jerseys for the 2019 season. See below:
Pork Sandwich Wins Food Fight
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers fans have picked The Almighty Pork Sandwich as the winner of the 2019 Food Fight. Amanda Baranczyk’s entry won the fan vote and will be available on this year’s concession menu at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Read more here.
Filed under Food & Beverage, Fun & Atmosphere
Whitecaps Unveil Top-10 Food Items for Fan Voting
The West Michigan Whitecaps (Single-A, Midwest League) are ready for the fans to have their say! The tenth-annual fan voting contest, presented by visit Central Florida, to determine Fifth Third Ballpark’s next culinary delight starts today – Wednesday, February 27.
Filed under Food & Beverage, Fun & Atmosphere
Hot Rods Unveil Upgrades
The Bowling Green Hot Rods (Single-A, Midwest League) have unveiled their new HD videoboard. The team has also renovated the club-level, and are working to complete the walkway around the entire ballpark and building a splash park for kids. The Hot Rods hope to have most of these additions finished before the team’s home opener on April 6th. Watch video here.
Loons to Host Hockey Night
PRESS RELEASE – Just a few years before the Great Lakes Loons were born in 2007, the Spirit came to Saginaw in 2002. There was the instant connection that both franchises provide professional sports and family entertainment to the region throughout the entire year. Many Loons fans also frequent The Dow Event Center during the hockey season to see the NHL’s stars of tomorrow.
Filed under Fun & Atmosphere, Promotions & Entertainment
Lugnuts to Honor Actor Burt Reynolds, Unveil Trans-Am Jerseys
The Lansing Lugnuts will be honoring a Lansing native this season!
Join us July 20 for our Tribute to Burt Reynolds with speciality team jerseys, a bobblehead giveaway and more. 👏 pic.twitter.com/TIqYS75DTE
— Lansing Lugnuts (@LansingLugnuts) February 6, 2019
Filed under Fun & Atmosphere, Promotions & Entertainment
New Season! New Food Fight! Timber Rattlers Food Fight Starts Today
PRESS RELEASE – The fourth annual Food Fight is here! The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers invite you to create a unique and unusual food item and submit your recipe. We will narrow the entries to a group of finalists. Then, the Food Fight is on! Vote for your favorite entry and the winning recipe will go on the 2019 concession menu at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Whitecaps Asking Fans to Submit Food Ideas
The West Michigan Whitecaps (Single-A, Midwest League) are asking fans to submit their ideas for what new food item they would like to have at Fifth Third Ballpark. Read more here.
Bees Add Three to Front Office
PRESS RELEASE – The Burlington Bees, class A affiliate of the Los Angles Angels of Anaheim, have announced the addition of three new members to its front office staff. Continue reading
Filed under Personnel & Operations
New Concessions Company & Beverage Partner for Bowling Green Ballpark
PRESS RELEASE – The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, today announced the two new partnerships at Bowling Green Ballpark. Beginning in the 2019 season, Vette City Catering, LLC will be the new exclusive concessions provider and Clark Beverage Group Inc. will be the new beverage supplier for all events at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Baseball American Names Dragons Robert Murphy as Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year
PRESS RELEASE – Dayton Dragons President & General Manager Robert Murphy has been selected as the 2018 Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by Baseball America, the industry trade publication. The award is presented annually to one individual from among all executives in 16 leagues and 190 teams across Minor League Baseball.
Timber Rattlers Unveil 25th Anniversary Logo
PRESS RELEASE – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are unveiling a 25th anniversary logo for the 2019 season. The Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers began play in the Midwest League in 1995 and next season marks their silver season. The logo features the number 25 and an outline of the state of Wisconsin with a Timber Rattler wrapped around the ‘5’.
Filed under Awards & Recognition, Branding & Marketing
Hot Rods Announce Stadium Improvement Plan
PRESS RELEASE – The Bowling Green Hot Rods, in conjunction with the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority, announced a stadium improvement plan for Bowling Green Ballpark in excess of 2 million dollars today. The improvement plans are all scheduled to be completed by opening day April 6th, 2019, as the Hot Rods begin their 11th season in Bowling Green.
Rattlers Unveil Updated Logos and Caps
The Grand Chute (WI)-based Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Single-A, Midwest League) have unveiled a series of new logos and caps the the team will be sporting throughout the 2019 season. Read more and view logos here.
MiLB’s Giles Award goes to MWL President Nussbaum
PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball announced today that it has selected Midwest League President Dick Nussbaum as the recipient of the 35th annual Warren Giles Award, which honors outstanding service as a league president.
City Gives Approval for Soccer at Lugnuts Ballpark
The Lansing (MI) City Council unanimously approved a deal this week to bring professional soccer to Lansing’s downtown baseball stadium beginning this spring. The team will be called the Lansing Ignite and owned by the owner of the Lansing Lugnuts (Single-A, Midwest League). The team will play in the United Soccer League Division 3, an offshoot of the longstanding USL and a league loosely affiliated with Major League Soccer. Read more here.
Filed under Conference & Events, Lease & Contracts
Bowling Green Hot Rods Sold
PRESS RELEASE – The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, today announced the official sale of the franchise to BG SKY, LLC. The sale was completed yesterday afternoon after receiving the final approval from the commissioner’s office of Major League Baseball. Continue reading
Michigan vs. Michigan State Rugby Coming to Lugnuts Home
Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts (Single-A, Midwest League), will play host to its first rugby game between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan’s club teams at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. Read more here.
South Bend Cubs to Celebrate ‘Mister Rogers Day’ Aug. 12
The South Bend Cubs (Single-A, Midswest League) will celebrate the legacy of Fred Rogers with “Mister Rogers Day” on Sunday, August 12. On this “beautiful day in the neighborhood,” the team will wear Mister Rogers-themed jerseys and activities honoring the television icon will take place throughout the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit WNIT Public Television. Bid on jerseys here.
Lansing Lugnuts to Become the Mighty Wombats on Aug. 18th
PRESS RELEASE – The votes are in: The Lansing Lugnuts will become the Lansing Mighty Wombats on Backyard Baseball Night on Saturday, August 18th.
Energizing South Bend ‘Wrigleyville” Concept: Return South Shore Line to Downtown Union Station
With millions of dollars coming into downtown South Bend (IN), the city is growing quickly and attracting people from across the country. South Bend Cubs (Single-A, Midwest League) owner Andrew Berlin envisions creating a “Wrigleyville” for the Four Winds Field, and the return of the South Shore Line to downtown Union Station would play a major role in accomplishing that dream. Read more here.
NEWS: The Ivy at Berlin Place taking shape. High end apts & finishes, affordable, summer 2018. Balconies overlooking the ballpark! @SBCubs pic.twitter.com/SBDlkuqsNB
— Andrew T. Berlin (@AndrewTBerlin) July 20, 2017
Filed under Amenities & Features