Tag Archives: Single-A

‘Hoppers, First National Bank Extend Ballpark Naming Rights Deal

The Greensboro Grasshoppers’ (Single-A, South Atlantic League) downtown ballpark will keep its First National Bank Field name through at least the 2026 season. The Hoppers and FNB Corp. agreed to a five-year extension of their existing naming rights deal, which runs through 2021.  Read more here.

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Ripken Files Suit Against City

Claiming conduct by the City of Aberdeen (MD) in recent years has made operating Ripken Stadium “unbearably difficult,” the company that owns the Aberdeen IronBirds (Single-A, New York-Penn League) has filed suit accusing the city of not living up to the terms of an agreement made nearly 20 years ago.  Read more here.

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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.

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Lowell Spinners Hire Chris Taylor as Assistant General Manager

The Lowell Spinners (Single-A, New York-Penn League) announced today that the team has hired Chris Taylor as its new Assistant General Manager.  Taylor will oversee group ticket sales as part of his new role while also working with season ticket accounts and assisting with the team’s marketing.  Read more here.

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Development Official vs. Boise Ballpark Opponent: Police Called

Details are sketchy, but an interaction between Capital City Development Corporation executive director John Brunelle and ballpark opponent and Concerned Taxpayers of Boise member Bill Illett inside Boise City Council chambers became heated enough for a Boise Police officer to be called in for a report of a battery.  Apparently, the two had a pre-existing relationship as co-owners of the failed Idaho Stampede (NBA D-League) basketball team.  Read more here.  Read UPDATE here.

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Rawhide Add Four to Front Office, Ownership Announces Team is For Sale

The Visalia Rawhide (Single-A, California League) have introduced four additions to their front office staff.  Read more here.  The Rawhide ownership has also announced that the team is for sale.  Read more here.

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Ripken Challenges City, Sets Deadline for Response

Cal Ripken Jr.‘s sports management company said his firm should take over management of non-baseball events such as weddings, concerts and fundraisers at Ripken Stadium, and claims the City of Aberdeen (MD) has not fulfilled its obligations to upgrade the city-owned ballpark.  Read more here.

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