Merchandise for the former Kannapolis Intimidators (Single-A, South Atlantic League) is flying off the shelves. Due to overwhelming demand, the “Kannapolis Cannon Ballers” downtown retail store will remain open for the foreseeable future inside the former 46 Restaurant. Read more here. Read about the branding “home run” here. For those interested in learning more about the origins of the name and development of the brand by Dan Simon of Studio Simon, watch the video below (Dan is featured at the 14:37 mark):
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Cannon Ballers Merchandise Selling Fast, Learn More About the History and Development Behind the New Brand
PRESS RELEASE – In a nod to the historical significance of Kannapolis as a mill town whose history is tightly woven with America’s Pastime, the community gathered Wednesday to celebrate the team’s new identity. The event’s location at the Historic Gem Theater celebrated the old, while its continuation outside along the West Avenue Streetscape also lauded the new.
PRESS RELEASE – The Charleston RiverDogs have announced the addition of two new members to the front office, hiring Kayla Greaves as the club’s new box office manager and Ryan Perry as the director of video production.
It appears the homeless Florida Fire Frogs (Single-A, Florida State League) could be headed back to Brevard County (FL), if a deal to sell the team to Cocoa Baseball Group LLC is indeed consummated. In a motion filed with the Orange County Clerk of Courts on Oct. 7 (“Tennessee Manatee’s Emergency Motion for Order Requiring Sale of the Club Pursuant to Cocoa Baseball Club, LLC Purchase Agreement to Avoid Forfeiture of that Asset”), it includes details of a Management Agreement dated Oct. 3, 2019 (“Exhibit 3”), which provides the following: Continue reading
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.
PRESS RELEASE – The Connecticut Tigers have taken the next step towards a new identity and announce the finalists for their new hometown name. The team now asks for fan input on the five finalist names. Fans can vote on their favorite by visiting cttigers.com. through Friday, October 18th. The new name will then be unveiled in November.
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.
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.
PRESS RELEASE – The Florida State League today announced longtime baseball executive Terry Reynolds will become the league’s new president on Jan. 1, 2020. Reynolds will take over for retiring league president Ken Carson, who ran the league for the past five seasons.
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.
The Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A, South Atlantic League) will be hosting the 17th annual Festival of Beers at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on Saturday, Aug. 17, starting at 7 p.m. There will be more than 100 breweries, both domestic and international, serving up a wide variety of suds. Like any beer festival, there will be more than just the cold stuff going down smooth — enjoy musical stylings by the Blue Plantation Band and Baby Fat Band, plus eats from Kickin’ Chicken, Holy Rolly Charleston, Braised in the South, and Bearded Dogs. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – Former teachers at a University in New York have signaled paranormal activity at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA. With New York City rid of most similar issues because of the actions taken out of an old firehouse, ectoplasmic residue was reported at the home of the Potomac Nationals.
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.
Fredericksburg Baseball has announced it is moving forward with construction on the new $35 million ballpark early next month, with plans for opening in April 2020. Read more here.
Much of the debate over a new stadium or multiuse facility in Hagerstown (MD) has revolved around location, but there is apparently still a question of what the stadium should be. Once councilman said, “I don’t know if it has to include baseball.” Read more here.
Boise State University will have baseball on its own campus after all. On Tuesday, the university announced it won’t join a public-private partnership between the city of Boise and Atlanta-based developer Chris Schoen to build a sports park in the city’s West End, choosing instead to build a stadium south of its campus. Read more here and here.
The West Virginia Black Bears hosted media to show off what’s new at the ballpark. Improvements include a new batters eye that allows better tracking of the ball from the batter’s perspective, along with sad news from their famous pepperoni roll, Double Stuffed Dave. Read more and watch news reports here and here.
Putting graffiti on public property is usually frowned upon by public officials. This week, though, Kannapolis invited the public to leave its mark on the new Sports and Entertainment Venue (SEV) being built downtown. Read more here.
— Kannapolis, NC (@Kannapolis) May 21, 2019
On Saturday, May 18, fans of the Fort Myers Miracle (Single-A, Florida State League) will have a chance to meet actor Corbin Bernsen, who played character Roger Dorn from the film Major League. Bernsen will be at Hammond Stadium signing autographs and posing for photos with fans at Major League Night, when the first 500 Miracle fans through the gate will receive custom Roger Dorn jerseys. Read more here.
The latest chapter in the pursuit to build a new baseball stadium in Hagerstown (MD) will begin Tuesday at 4:10 p.m., as the Maryland Stadium Authority will present its completed study on preliminary market and site analysis for a new minor league ballpark during a Hagerstown City Council work session meeting at City Hall. Read more here.
Joe Mock of BaseballParks.com was in Fayetteville (NC) recently to tour Segra Stadium, the new $40.2-million ballpark for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Single-A, Carolina League). Mock’s in-depth review checks in at 6,900 words and over 35 photographs covering everything from the ballpark design to fan amenities and concessions. Read review and view photos here.
Just posted! My in-depth review of Segra Stadium, home of the @WoodpeckersNC. Read the full story of how the franchise wound up in Fayetteville, and how their cozy park was designed by @Populous. https://t.co/4kEQJIKnlK pic.twitter.com/P6SVki6Jph
— Joe Mock (@baseballparks) May 6, 2019
— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) May 3, 2019
Boise officials might change the way the city would pay for the proposed new main library and sports stadium to avoid putting the projects on the ballot this November. Boiseans could vote on them anyway. Read more here. Meanwhile, the Boise State Broncos baseball team, potential future co-tenants of the new stadium, have unveiled the uniforms they will wear when they return to action in 2020, after a four-decade hiatus. Read more and watch video here.
— Boise State Baseball (@broncosportsbsb) May 2, 2019
The Aberdeen IronBirds (Single-A, New York-Penn League) have announced they will pay tribute to hometown heroes, Cal and Bill Ripken, and play as the Aberdeen Legacy on Saturday, August 3, against the Vermont Lake Monsters. Read more here.
There’s a case for each one to be their best work too pic.twitter.com/a1h8eo6Wlv
— Minor League Promos (@MiLBPromos) April 24, 2019
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.
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
— 🐦 Fayetteville Woodpeckers (@WoodpeckersNC) April 19, 2019
PRESS RELEASE – The Salem Red Sox have “draughted” an alternate appearance for the 2019 season. Beginning May 2, the team will take the field every Thursday as the Salem Beer Mongers in a nod to the growing craft industry.
For the first time since moving to Dodd Stadium in Norwich (CT), the Connecticut Tigers (Single-A, New York-Penn League) are planning to rebrand with a new team name, and they are seeking help from fans to do it. They plan to use the “Norwich” location identifier instead of Connecticut. Read more and enter names submissions here.
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.
— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) April 13, 2019
More than 2,500 people walked into Segra Stadium Saturday as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $40.2 million ballpark, which will be home to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Single-A, Carolina League). Read more here.
— Segra (@GoSegra) April 13, 2019
PRESS RELEASE – The San Jose Giants announced today a three-year naming rights agreement with newly re-branded Excite Credit Union. As of today, fans will be walk through the front gates of Excite Ballpark, Home of the San Jose Giants. The naming rights deal highlights an expanded partnership between the two organizations and ushers in an exciting new era of baseball in San Jose.
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.
It may be hard to tell by looking at it from the street, but Fayetteville’s (NC) new baseball stadium downtown is complete to the point that the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Single-A, Carolina League) began moving into its part of the building last week. Read more here.
Boise city officials want to build an $85 million new main library and a $50 million stadium west of Downtown. They want to use urban-renewal money to help pay for them. A bill moving through the Legislature could crimp those plans. Or could it? Read more here.
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:
Greenstone Properties and the City of Boise are reportedly negotiating an agreement that could bring a ballpark to Downtown Boise (ID). Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Everett AquaSox and Funko, Inc. (“Funko”) (Nasdaq:FNKO), a leading pop culture consumer products company located in downtown Everett have announced a six-year partnership which includes promotional giveaways, stadium decor and field naming rights. Everett Memorial Stadium will now be called Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Thirty days out from the public’s first chance to tour Fayetteville’s (NC) new baseball stadium, and 35 days from its first Minor League Baseball game, city officials say the project remains on track to be finished on time next month. Read more here. View construction photo gallery here. View aerial photo here.