In a not-so-surpirsing move, the Pittsfield (MA) City Council has selected the seasoned Goldklang Group, representing the second-year Futures Collegiate Baseball League, over an inexperienced local group, representing the New England Collegiate Baseball League, to bring a new summer collegiate franchise to Wahconah Park. The Goldklang ownership will pay $13,500 annually, plus Continue reading
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Two groups are vying to bring a summer collegiate franchise to Pittsfield (MA) and Wahconah Park. One group led by Pittsfield attorney Richard Johansen and businessman Tom Goggins are representing the New England Collegiate Basaball League. The other group led Continue reading
After one season at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach (ME), it appears the summer collegiate Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (NECBL) might be headed to Pittsfield (MA). A group in Pittsfield is reportedly in negotiations to buy the team. This would appear to finalize the demise of the indy pro Pittsfield Colonials (Can-Am League). Read more here and here. Thanks to John Cerone for the links.
We have been wondering for some time if the American Defenders nickname would survive the move from Nashua to Pittsfield. As you know, Dan Duquette & Co. sold off the NECBL’s Pittsfield American Defenders to a group in Bristol, CT, and then relocated the Can-Am League’s American Defenders of New Hampshire to Pittsfield after things went south in Nashua. Continue reading
At a news conference on Monday, the owners of the former American Defenders of New Hampshire, Boston Baseball All-Stars LLC, and Pittsfield Mayor James R. Ruberto announced that the Can-Am League is back at Wahconah Park after a seven year hiatus. A new team name is expected to be announced soon. Read more here.
Just when you thought this was a done deal, it is reported that the move of the Can-Am League’s American Defenders from Nashua to Pittsfield may not happen if two new unnamed investors do not come on board. Read more here.
Dan Duquette and his group have sold their NECBL club in Pittsfield to make room for their Can-Am League team that was shown the exit in Nashua. The new owners are trying to lock in a deal to move the summer collegiate team into historic Muzzy Field in Bristol, CT. A meeting of Bristol’s Board of Park Commissioners will decide the team’s future in the Mum City on Jan. 7. Read more here
Ouch! Tom King, a writer for the Nashua Telegraph, has unloaded on the Can-Am League and the owners of the American Defenders of New Hampshire. In short, it is a nasty warning call to the people of Pittsfield. Indeed, there are valid points here, although we will not fault the league for doing everything possible to maintain a lineup of at least six franchises for the 2010 season. That said, we would bet that commissioner Miles Wolff is holding his breath and his nose here as he tries to navigate the league through another challenging season. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – In a vote of league directors of the Can-Am League, preliminary approval was given for the transfer of the membership of the American Defenders of New Hampshire from Nashua, NH, to Pittsfield, Massachusetts for play in the 2010 season. Final approval will need to come from the city for use of Wahconah Park with a decision expected by early January. Continue reading
As sources out of Ottawa previously indicated, Pittsfield is back on the Can-Am League’s radar screen for 2010. Boston Baseball LLC, owners of the American Defenders of New Hampshire, would like to move the troubled franchise from Nashua to Pittsfield. The professional team would replace the group’s NECBL club, which currently operates out of Wahconah Park. As you may recall, the Nashua team was locked out of Holman Stadium for failure to pay rent. Read more here.
The Can-Am League has extended the deadline for the owners of the failed American Defenders of (Nashua) New Hampshire to find a new owner. Talks continue between principal shareholder Buddy Lewis and a group of buyers. According to league commissioner Miles Wolff, a return to Ottawa or establishing a new team in Trois Rivieres, are no longer on the radar screen. Continue reading