In expected news, the Los Angeles Dodgers will reportedly cut ties with Ogden Raptors (Rookie-level, Pioneer League), as part of the downsizing scheduled to take place across the minor leagues for the 2021 season. Read more here. Read more local news here.
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After 21 seasons as the Osprey, Missoula’s Pioneer League team announced a name change at a team rebranding event held Monday morning at the Missoula Children’s Theater. The Osprey are now the Missoula PaddleHeads, Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Read more here.
The recent Mumford and Sons show in Missoula (MT) saw a huge turnout at Ogren Park in the Old Saw Mill District. Despite damage to the field that caused the Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League) to miss six home games, officials are now working to improve on what they see as a successful production to make upcoming shows even better. Read more here.
The inaugural opening weekend for the Rocky Mountain Vibes (Rookie, Pioneer League) at UCHealth Park begins Friday, June 21st. It will be very interesting to see if this Rookie-level team can sufficiently fill an 8,500-seat venue after Colorado Springs (CO) lost its Triple-A club to San Antonio (TX) in the off season. The branding for the club is cool and unique, and hopefully the front office has the fun-guns loaded and ready, but will it be enough to avoid the cavernous feel and lack of intimacy of a potentially less-than-half-empty ballpark? The Sky Sox averaged a little over 4,000 fans per game the past three seasons. Good luck, Vibes! Watch news report: Vibes don uniforms for first time.
More than three years have passed since the birth of the One Kingsport initiative, a five-year roadmap aimed at making the Model City the premiere place to live, work and raise a family in the Tri-Cities. In the second of a five-part series, the Times-News asked the candidates running for mayor and aldermen in the upcoming city election their thoughts about the proposal. Here are their replies: Read more here.
The Billings Mustangs (Rookie, Pioneer League) are celebrating their 12th season of professional baseball at Dehler Park with a massive upgrade: a spectacular new 16mm HD videoboard. The new videoboard will be manufactured and installed by South Dakota-based Daktronics, the world’s industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large screen video displays. Read more here.
The city Edmonton (AB) is accepting pitches for tenancy at Remax Field, which could ultimately push the Edmonton Prospects (Summer Collegiate, Western Canadian Baseball League) out after its 2019 season wraps up. A possible contender is reportedly the Orem Owlz (Rookie, Pioneer League). Read more here.
The Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League), under new ownership for the first time since its arrival in 1999, are seeking a rebrand in 2020 and want fan input to help find a new nickname Submit name here.
City leaders in Kingsport will consider the possibility of a brand new minor league baseball stadium Tuesday. The new stadium would replace Hunter Wright Stadium, where the Kingsport Mets (Rookie, Appalachian League) currently play. Read more here.
Boyd Sports, LLC has announced Kristen Atwell as the new General Manager of the Greeneville Reds (Rookie, Appalachian League), effective immediately. Atwell’s new role with the G-Reds comes following the inaugural season where she served as the Assistant General Manager of the team. Read more here.
They pulled a fast one! The ownership of the Pioneer League (Rookie) franchise that has relocated from Helena (MT) to Colorado Springs (CO) decided to ditch the five name-the-team finalists — Happy Campers, Lamb Chops, Punchy Pikas, Throttle Jockeys and the Rocky Mountain Oysters. The name of the team is the “Rocky Mountain Vibes” with a s’mores angle that should move plenty of merchandise. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Mike and Judy Ellis, the majority stakeholders in Mountain Baseball LLC, the franchise ownership group since 1993, announced Friday their intent to sell the franchise to Peter Davis and Susan Crampton Davis of Big Sky Professional Baseball LLC.
Building a new minor league baseball stadium in downtown Kingsport (TN) for the Kingsport Mets (Rookie, Appalachian League) is now the main focus of the One Kingsport initiative. It essentially takes the place of the outdoor venue idea and expands upon it. Read more here.
The departure of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League) doesn’t put an end to the city’s Minor League Baseball history. It simply ushers in a new era, as the franchise that previously existed as the Helena Brewers (Rookie, Pioneer League) will call Security Service Field home in 2019. Pending the results of a “Name the Team” contest, the club will be known as either the Happy Campers, Lamb Chops, Punchy Pikas, Throttle Jockeys or Rocky Mountain Oysters. Read more and view photos here.
Logjam Presents production company and the City of Missoula (MT) have proposed an agreement to bring concerts to Ogren Park, home of the Missoula Osprey (Rookie, Pioneer League), starting next year. Read more here.
In a reversal of an announcement last month, the Orem Owlz (Rookie, Pioneer League) will not relocate to Pueblo (CO) by the 2020 season — or at all, Owlz owner Jeff Katofsky announced Monday in conjunction with a ruling from the Pueblo County government. Read more here. More details here from the Chieftain. Read about the communication leading up to the decision here and here.
After receiving an overwhelming response of entries submitted from the community in their “Name The Team” contest, the new Colorado Springs (CO) franchise — the soon-to-be-former Helena Brewers (Rookie, Pioneer League), have narrowed the list down to the top names, including the Colorado Springs Happy Campers, Colorado Springs Lamb Chops, Colorado Springs Punchy Pikas, Colorado Springs Throttle Jockeys, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. Read more here.
Pueblo County commissioners Terry Hart and Sal Pace approved two resolutions Monday concerning the Youth Entertainment and Sports project, which includes a proposed minor league baseball stadium. Read more here.
The Helena Brewers (Rookie, Pioneer League) will play their final baseball game Sept. 3 at 86-year-old Kindrick Field. The team will be relocating from Helena (MT) to Colorado Springs (CO) beginning the 2019 season, bringing up an interesting question: What will this mean for the future of the old ballpark? Read more and watch news report here.
The refrain “Cold beer!” isn’t uncommon at a baseball park. But at Lindquist Field, home of the Ogden Raptors (Rookie, Pioneer League), fans who hear it with a certain timbre know it’s a little different. Because it’s Barry the Beer Guy. Read more here.
The old Pueblo (CO) Police Department annex building that sits near the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk is going to face the wrecking ball. The building, owned by the city, is located on one of the lots the Pueblo County commissioners are proposing for a hotel to be developed within the tax increment financing district being used to fund the new $25 million ballpark. Read more here.
The owner of the Orem Owlz (Rookie, Pioneer League) Jeff Katofsky, will be in Pueblo (CO) Wednesday to present his intentions to relocate his team to the city. The announcement is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CDT. Read more here. Stayed tuned for more details.
Jeff Katofsky, Orem Owlz (soon to be Pueblo Owlz) Owner sits down with me for an interview. Look for video later today. “A baseball family moving to a baseball town.” pic.twitter.com/s3Up4S8gRA
— Anthony A. Mestas (@mestas3517) June 20, 2018
After four decades of professional baseball in Colorado Springs (CO) as the Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), Elmore Sports Group has announced a name-the-team contest for the Helena Brewers (Rookie, Pioneer League) franchise that will be relocating to the city when the Sky Sox move to San Antonio (TX) next season. Fans have until Wednesday, June 27, to submit their ideas. Submit ideas here.
The Pueblo (CO) City Council gave its unanimous endorsement to Pueblo County’s plan to locate a minor-league baseball stadium in the Downtown during its regular meeting Monday. Read more here.
Up until now, Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz has remained on the bench when it comes to the issue of bringing a minor league baseball stadium to Downtown Pueblo (CO). Read more here.
Pueblo City Council President Chris Nicoll wants the outside developer that Pueblo County (CO) commissioners are in talks with on a proposal for combining a taxpayer-funded minor league baseball stadium with a hotel project Downtown to present his business plan. Read more here.
Two of the three Pueblo (CO) County commissioners have proposed to City Council a financing plan to build a multi-use stadium Downtown that would serve as the home for an affiliated Minor League Baseball franchise. Read more here. Three key residents express support for affiliated ball in Pueblo. Read more here. The Pueblo Chieftan’s Jeff Bersch explains Pioneer League ball to readers. Read more here.
Rick Sweet, the skipper of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), thinks Triple-A baseball could eventually find its way back to Colorado Springs (CO), particularly if MLB expands to 32 teams. As most already know, the Sky Sox are relocating to San Antonio (TX) after this season, and the Helen Brewers (Rookie, Pioneer League) will relocate to fill the void at Security Service Field. Read more here.
In early February, the Elizabethton (TN) City Council voted unanimously to set a February 28th deadline for the Minnesota Twins to commit to an improvement plan for Joe O’Brien Field, home of the Elizabethton Twins (Rookie, Appalachian League). At the time, the mayor said that if the deadline isn’t met, Elizabethton leaders would withdraw their offer. Continue reading
Minor League Baseball announced today that Lee Landers, president of the Appalachian League, has been named the 2017 King of Baseball. The King of Baseball is a long-standing tradition in which Minor League Baseball recognizes a veteran of professional baseball for longtime dedication and service. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Pioneer Baseball League and the Northwest League on Tuesday announced the signing of an agreement with Minor League Baseball, continuing the interleague All-Star Game through the 2020 season. Continue reading
Pueblo County’s Operation Home Run committee is exploring the idea of building a professional baseball stadium and youth complex at the site near the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (CO). If it’s affiliated ball, the Rookie-level Pioneer League would seem to make the most sense, although it would be the circuit’s furthest outpost. Read more and view renderings here. Read previous story here.
PRESS RELEASE -The Grand Junction Rockies have been selected to host the 2018 All Star Game between the Pioneer Baseball League (PBL) and the Northwest League (NWL). Continue reading
On Monday evening the Billings City Council will take another swing at approving a Dehler Park lease with Main Street Baseball LLC, which owns the Billings Mustangs (Rookie, Pioneer League). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Johnson City Cardinals set a new single-season attendance record Tuesday night by welcoming their 48,039th fan, Doug Janz, through the gates of TVA Credit Union Ballpark in 2016. The new mark eclipses the 48,038 total from the 1994 campaign. Janz received a special prize pack from the Cardinals for the recognition, including a team autographed jersey. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Idaho Falls Chukars and Kansas City Royals have agreed to extend their affiliation for two more years. The current agreement was set to expire at the end of the 2016 season, and this guarantees the relationship between the Chukars and Royals will continue through the 2018 season. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE – The Billings Mustangs announced today the hiring of Dustin Daniel as their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. Daniel will serve as the play-by-play announcer for all 76 Mustangs games as well as the media liaison for the team. Continue reading