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It’s the ‘Joplin Miners’

Officials of the start-up Southwest League of Professional Baseball hope to bat a thousand by crowning their new baseball team in Joplin (MO) the Joplin Miners.  Read more here.

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Start-Up Southwest League Ready to Close on Royse City Property

Mark Schuster, president of Ventura Sports Group, has reportedly told the local newspaper that his group is getting ready to close on property in Royse City (TX) where a proposed ballpark would be built to host a franchise from the start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional).  Royse City is one of the three teams that have been announced.  An additional three teams are expected to be announced in May.  Read more here.

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Name-the-Team Finalists Unveiled for Joplin Franchise

The start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional) has announced six name-the-team finalists for the new franchise that is expected to take up residence at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin (MO).  The names are Tornadoes, Twisters, Miners, Phoenix, Jacks and 66ers.  Read more and vote here.

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Joplin Approves Ballpark Lease with Ventura Sports Group

An agreement to lease Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin (MO) to Ventura Sports Group and Joplin Sports and Entertainment for a franchise in the start-up Southwest League (Independent Professional) was approved Monday night by the Joplin City Council.  The city can terminate the agreement if a six-team league is not firmed up by Oct. 15.  Read more here.

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Joplin to Negotiate with Ventura Sports Group, Start-Up SWL

A five-year lease that would allow a baseball organization to locate an independent team at Joe Becker Stadium and handle overall operations there year-round will be proposed Monday night to the Joplin City Council.  Read more here.

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Bellmead Waiting to Pull the Ballpark Trigger

The start-up Waco BlueCats (Independent Professional, Southwest League) have a logo, an official beer and a website selling swag and season passes for opening season in April 2019.  What it does not have is an actual team, an operating league, or anything more than a memorandum of understanding with the city of Bellmead (TX) to build the proposed $12-million public-private stadium.  Read more here.

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Bellmead Council to Seek State Approval for Ballpark Ballot Measure

Bellmead (TX) residents may vote in May on a new venue tax to fund a proposed baseball stadium to host the start-up Waco BlueCats (Independent Professional, Southwest League).  Read more here.

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Start-Up Southwest League Seeking Non-Binding Agreement with Joplin

Details about bringing a professional baseball proposal to Joplin and Joe Becker Stadium will be discussed Wednesday during a work session of the Joplin City Council.  City Manager Sam Anselm said organizers of the startup Southwest League of Professional Baseball, based in Texas, want a nonbinding agreement that would allow them to start soliciting investors for the venture.  Read more here.

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Joplin Hears Pitch from Ballpark Suitor

A newly formed professional baseball league wants an answer from Joplin (MO) city officials by about Nov. 15 on whether the city would be willing to lease Joe Becker Stadium, starting in 2019, for a Joplin team.  Read more here.

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It’s the ‘Waco BlueCats’

waco-bluecats-logoPRESS RELEASE – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball has announced that the new Waco professional team will be called the Waco “BlueCats”. The name “BlueCats” received a majority of the votes from over 1,800 submissions. The team also announced their website at www.wacobluecats.com, which will be live on December 2. Continue reading

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Financing Nearly Lined Up for New Waco Ballpark, Team

Southwest League LogoBackers of a minor league baseball team that wants to make the Waco (TX) area home say they’ve lined up most of the financing they’ll need to build a stadium and launch the team.  Read more here.

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New Southwest League Targets Royse City

Southwest League Logoroyse-cityA news conference was scheduled in Royse City (TX) Monday to announce plans for a new franchise in the developing Southwest League (Independent Professional) led by Ventura Sports Group and details involving a multipurpose stadium that will be built.  Royse City is located in the northeast suburbs of Dallas.  Read more here.

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New Ballpark for Waco Area, More SWL Cities to Be Announced

Ventura Sports Group LogoThe Southwest League of Professional Baseball (SWL) led by Mark Schuster held a press conference Tuesday at the Waco Chamber to formally introduce plans to bring an independent minor league team to the area, housed in a yet-to-be-constructed ballpark in Bellmead (TX).  Read more and view ballpark renderings here.

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Bellmead (TX) Signs New Ballpark MOU with Start-Up SWL

Southwest League LogoThe city of Bellmead (TX) next door to Waco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Southwest League of Professional Baseball to build a ballpark off Loop 340, as the future home for a team that would start play in April 2018.  The developing league is a product of Ventura Sports Group.  Read more here.

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New Southwest League to Begin Play in 2018

Southwest League LogoMark Schuster of Ventura Sports Group has announced the launch of the Southwest League of Professional Baseball, a six-team circuit based in Texas that will begin play in 2018.  Schuster claims teams will play in underserved markets in new state-of-the-art multi-use stadiums with seating capacity between 2000-4000 fans.  Read press release here.

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