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‘Shrimply the Best’ Wins Fan-Designed Jumbo Shrimp T-Shirt Contest

PRESS RELEASE – Crustacean Nation selected a fan-designed T-shirt with the slogan “Shrimply the Best” as the winner in a contest to create a T-shirt giveaway for the upcoming Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season.

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Madison Council Votes to Approve Measures to Bring BayBears to Town

The Madison (AL) City Council approved three measures Monday on their checklist to get the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) relocated to the Huntsville suburb by 2020.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Chattanooga Development, Ballpark Study Released

A new plan suggests the 400 acres south of Interstate 24 along and around Broad Street could join in Chattanooga’s (TN) central city renaissance with the addition of new sports facilities, parks and zoning rules to allow new types of urban housing and retail development.  Read more and view rendering here.  View study here.

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Madison Signs Deal to Build Ballpark

The City of Madison (AL) has signed the lease, license, and management agreement with BallCorps LLC to build new minor league baseball stadium to bring the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) to the Huntsville-area community.  Read more here.

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Madison Ballpark Agreement Nearly Complete

Madison (AL) Mayor Paul Finley said the 30-year venue lease and management agreement with BallCorps LLC is nearly finalized.  It has been negotiated, and the legal team is hammering out the last small details.  Read more here.

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Madison Ballpark Deal Not Yet Finalized, Monday’s Vote Delayed

Plans to vote Monday on a finalized agreement to build a $46-million ballpark in Madison (AL) for the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) has been temporarily delayed, as negotiations with BallCorps LLC continue.  Read more here.

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Madison Mayor: Ballpark Will Spark Further Economic Development

When it comes to the anchor of Town Madison, Mayor Paul Finley says they’ve had their eye on one thing: baseball.  He believes the new ballpark will benefit the city in multiple ways — not just prestige.  “It’s truly economic development.”   Read more and watch video here.

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Madison (AL) Approves Deal to Build Ballpark, Bring BayBears to Town

The Madison (AL) City Council voted 7-0 Monday night to approve a deal with BallCorps, LLC to spend $46 million on a new ballpark that will bring the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) to the Huntsville suburb.  Read more here.

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Jumbo Shrimp to Host Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Festival

PRESS RELEASE – Jacksonville no longer has to wait for the Jumbo Shrimp baseball season to enjoy ballpark fare and beverages. On Saturday, March 10, the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville will again play host to the Shrimp & Suds Craft Beer Festival, this year presented in part by Destroyer Promotional Products, LLC. Guests will be able to enjoy unlimited free samples of craft beers, including those from Northeast Florida’s local breweries.

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Rickwood Field Expected to Reopen in Time for 2018 Rickwood Classic

Emergency structural repairs to historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham (AL) are expected to start soon and be completed in time for the annual Rickwood Classic in May.  The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved awarding a $1 million contract to JJ Morley Enterprises Inc. to complete structural work under the grand stand of the field.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the heads up.

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Town Madison Developer Wants to Fast-Track Project, Ballpark Lease Agreement Expected Soon

The developer of Town Madison said they want to fast track the  project in order to get the multi-million dollar interchange open by 2019, which would be about the same time the Mobile Baybears (Double-A, Southern League) would begin their 2019 season if they relocate to the Huntsville (AL) area.  Read more here.

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Hoover Met to Host MLB Prospects Scouting Event

Baseball is still alive at the MiLB-departed Hoover Met.  The top 150 Major League Baseball prospects for the East Coast will be coming to Hoover (AL) this summer, as East Coast Pro, a non-profit run by MLB scouts, will stage its annual scouting event at the Hoover Met Complex Aug. 1 through 4, 2018.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the heads up.

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Generals Issue RFP for Ballpark Naming Rights

PRESS RELEASE – The Jackson Generals have created an RFP (Request for Proposal) for the most unique opportunity of Stadium Naming Rights. The Generals play in a 6,000-seat stadium, currently known as The Ballpark at Jackson, that was built in 1998 and is located directly on Interstate 40 in Jackson, TN. Continue reading

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Barons Unveil ‘Magic City’ Alternative Unis and Merchandise

The Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League) will debut a new “Magic City” alternate jersey and cap during the upcoming 2018 season.  Read more and view photos here.  Thanks to John DeLeonard for the heads up.

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Madison (AL) Takes Next Ballpark Steps to Snag BayBears

Now that BallCorps, LLC owns the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League), Madison (AL) is up to bat to claim the team.  Monday, the city took its first swing at landing a the team by agreeing to spend just shy of $300,000 on an architectural firm and construction management expertise to work out some key details.  Read more and watch news report here.

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Renderings Released of Proposed Madison Ballpark

What might a minor league stadium in Madison (AL) look like?  Renderings, done by Populous, have been released of a potential 7,200-seat, $40 million ballpark at Town Madison, the under-construction development on I-565 about 10 miles from downtown Huntsville.  Read more and view renderings gallery here.

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New BayBears Ownership Includes Madison (AL) Investor

Louis Breland, the developer of a live-work-play center in Madison mentioned as a possible future home for the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League), is one of the investors that now own ball club.  The BayBears were officially sold Thursday to BallCorps, LLC.  Read more here.

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Madison (AL) Confirms Interest in Attracting MiLB Team

The city of Madison (AL) on Wednesday confirmed what has long been known, even if unspoken.  It’s interested in attracting a minor league baseball team, considering building a stadium and in talks with an ownership group about relocating a team in the Huntsville suburb.  Read more here.

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Mayor: We’ll Do What We Can to Persuade Owners to Keep BayBears in Town

Mobile (AL) Mayor Sandy Stimpson said Tuesday that he doesn’t consider it a done deal that the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League) baseball team will relocated to Huntsville (AL) after the 2018 season.  Read more here.  Thanks to Joe DeLeonard for the link.

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Madison (AL) Takes Next Ballpark Step

The City of Madison (AL) near Huntsville took the next step Monday night towards paving the way for a minor league baseball team to relocate to the Tennessee Valley.  In a unanimous vote, the Madison City Council approved two resolutions that would set public hearings for a new zoning category, called “Urban Center District.”  Read more and watch news report here.

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Madison (AL) Paving the Way for New Southern League Ballpark?

There may be movement on the prospect of Madison (AL) near Huntsville becoming the home of a minor league baseball team.  It looks like the city is making way for a multi-use stadium.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Could Anchor New Chattanooga Development

An early blueprint of the South Broad District’s future unveiled Thursday includes a multi-use minor league baseball park anchoring an array of housing and new retail and green space.  Read more here.

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A Mini SunTrust Park for Lookouts?

An owner of the 141-acre former foundry site off South Broad Street in Chattanooga (TN) says he can envision “a mini-SunTrust Park” holding not just a minor league baseball stadium but housing and retail space.  Read more here.

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Mobile BayBears Heading to Location Near Huntsville?

An Arizona company has solicited investors to help complete a purchase of the Mobile BayBears (Double-A, Southern League), with the hope of relocating the franchise to Madison County (AL).  Read more and watch news report here.

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Shrimp Neck Pillow wins MiLB Promo of the Month

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s (Double-A, Southern League) Neck Pillow Giveaway was selected as Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Month for June, announced by the Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar on Thursday.  Read more here.

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Freier Talks New Chattanooga Ballpark

A “win, win, win” scenario and enough time to build a new stadium in Chattanooga is all Jason Freier needs, and the Chattanooga Lookouts would no longer be playing inside AT&T Field on Hawk Hill.  Read more here.

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Jackson Generals to be ‘Hub City Hippos’ Every Friday Home Game in 2017

On April 1, 2016, the Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League) announced they were changing their name to the “Hub City Hippos.”  This was an April Fool’s joke, and not a particularly successful one in terms of the number of people who fell for it.  But then a funny thing happened.  Read more from MiLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill here.

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DiBella Takes Over Biscuits

Lou DiBella, after taking over as Biscuits owner Thursday afternoon, promises a changed environment at Riverwalk Stadium.  Read more and watch video here.

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Giant Baseball to be Centerpiece of Downtown Montgomery Turn About

Crosswalks and pedestrian areas are being expanded around Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A, Southern League).  Plans call for construction of a giant baseball, 25 feet in diameter, at the center of a turn about near the ballpark.  Read more and view photos here.

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Bennett Sues Shuckers

Tim Bennett is suing the owner of the Biloxi Shuckers, Biloxi Baseball LLC, and managing member Ken Young over access to the stadium and money Bennett says he is owed.  Young called the allegations in the lawsuit “baseless.”  Read more and watch news report here.  Read back story here.

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Leaving Baseball Behind at Joe Davis Stadium

Thursday night, the Huntsville (AL) city council members took the first step toward giving Joe Davis Stadium, the former home of the Huntsville Stars (Double-A, Southern League), a new life by approving a study to look into whether the old stadium can become a 10,000-seat entertainment space.  Read more here.

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Jumbo Shrimp Introduce Bat Dog, Will Unveil Second Mascot Tonight

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are putting the final touches on their roster for their opening homestand, signing Sgt. Scampi, from K9s For Warriors, as the team’s bat dog for a designated half inning at each Friday home game during the 2017 season.  Read press release here.  Read about second mascot unveiling here.

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Barons to Host 2018 Southern League All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

PRESS RELEASE – The Birmingham Barons are excited to announce that Regions Field will host the 2018 Southern League All-Star Game. The Barons, in partnership with Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Wetumpka and the Southern League, will put on multiple events to welcome the best and brightest stars of the Southern League to the Magic City. Continue reading

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Jumbo Shrimp Announce Name the Mascot Contest

PRESS RELEASE – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are asking fans to help name the new Shrimp mascot, who is presented by Tom Bush Family of Dealerships and will be unveiled on Opening Night, Wednesday, April 12, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The contest winner will receive season tickets and a chance to participate in the unveiling ceremony. Continue reading

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M-Braves Unveil Plans for New HD Video Board

Mississippi Braves LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Mississippi Braves, Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, unveiled plans to build a new high definition video board at Trustmark Park prior to the start of the 2017 season. Continue reading

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Jumbo Shrimp Add Four to Front Office

jacksonville-jumbo-shrimp-logoPRESS RELEASE – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are opening the new year with four recently added staff members, and two continuing staff in new positions, as the club prepares for the 2017 Southern League season and the first Jumbo Shrimp game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Wednesday, April 12, at 7:05 p.m. Continue reading

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Donated Land Near Jackson Ballpark Approved for Future Development

Jackson Generals LogoA donation of more than 10 acres of land near the Ballpark at Jackson, home of the Jackson Generals (Double-A, Southern League) has been approved by the City Council for future development of a possible convention center.  Read more here.

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Reeves Joins Studer Family of Companies as Event Sales Manager

Pensacola Blue Wahoos LogoPRESS RELEASE – Local wedding and event planner Shannon Reeves has joined the Studer Family of Companies as its Event Sales Manager, handling some of the area’s most unique rental venues. Continue reading

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City Sues Owners of Shuckers Over Ballpark Payments

Biloxi Shuckers Primary LogoThe honeymoon is apparently over after two seasons of minor league baseball, with the city filing a lawsuit today in Chancery Court against Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports Management, owners of the Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A, Southern League).  Read more here.

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‘Biscuit Lid’ Wins Design-a-Hat Contest

Montgomery Biscuits Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Montgomery Biscuits announced the winner of the Design a Hat Contest on Monday. Jesse Alkire, an artist based in Chicago, submitted the “Biscuit Lid” design which received an overwhelming amount of votes from across the country. Continue reading

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