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Express-News Editorial Board: Be Cautious About Public Financing for Ballpark, Soccer a Priority

San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) President Burl Yarbrough told Express-News reporter Tom Orsborn, “While we have not yet determined what the specific baseball stadium needs are to advance to Triple-A, nor have we secured private sector development partners or a stadium development plan, we will begin the process immediately.”  Read more here.

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Elmore Sports Groups Signs Ballpark MPEV with Amarillo, Construction Could Begin in January

The Amarillo Local Government Corp., the group tasked with overseeing downtown catalyst projects for the city, approved a letter of agreements with Elmore Sports Group to lease the coming downtown multipurpose event venue that will be built to house the relocating San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League).  Read more here.

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Wichita Will Move Forward with Ballpark Plans

Despite the news yesterday that the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) will be relocating to Amarillo (TX), Wichita (KS) will move ahead with the design process for a new baseball stadium that will replace Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.  Another step will be to attract a baseball team with a major league affiliation, a requirement of the STAR bond district.  Read more here.

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Musical Ballparks: Elmore Will Move Three MiLB Teams

In not so surprising, news, the Minor League Baseball landscape will look a little different in 2019 after an ownership group announced plans to relocate three teams on Wednesday.  Read more here.  With Amarillo (TX) locking down the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League), the next questions is, what happens to Wichita (KS)?  Read background story here.

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Wichita to Hold Public Hearing on Ballpark, West Bank Redevelopment District Plan

Citizens will have a chance on July 18 to tell the Wichita (KS) City Council what they think of tax plans to help fund the renovation or replacement of Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.  Read more here.

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Wichita Getting New Ballpark

Sedgwick County (KS) commissioners approved a special Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to pay for improvements on downtown Wichita’s riverfront, including replacing Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.  Read more here.  This move reportedly removes the final obstacle to building a new baseball stadium.

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Wichita Takes Next Ballpark Steps, Approves Bonding

A sales tax bond district to fund about half the projected cost of replacing 82-year-old Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the current home of the Wichita Wingnuts (Independent Professional, American Association) with a new and more modern ballpark has been unanimously approved by the Wichita (KS) City Council.  Read more here.  Watch news report here.

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Hooks Announce Tribute to Dia de los Muertos, Unveil Special Jerseys and Merchandise

PRESS RELEASE – The Hooks’ first tribute to Dia de los Muertos – Dia de los Hooks – kicks off with new-look team merchandise at Hook, Line & Sinker this evening at 6:05, when Whataburger Field gates open in advance of a 7:05 start vs. Midland. Continue reading

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Wingnuts Make Strategic Move to Support Construction of New Ballpark

The Wichita Wingnuts (Independent Professional, American Association) support the planned construction of a new baseball stadium in downtown Wichita (KS), even if it lures affiliated ball to town.  That said, the Wingnuts believe fans would support the team in a new ballpark.  According to Wingnuts co-owner Gary Austerman:

“The quality of [Double-A ball] is no better, that’s one thing.  I do think that the Wichita Wingnuts have tried to put the best level of baseball out there, and I think that’s been a little underappreciated.”

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Wichita Focuses on New Ballpark To Dos, Potential Groundbreaking Early 2018

Minor League Baseball LogoThere are, as Wichita (KS) Mayor Jeff Longwell puts it, “plenty of checks and balances” that must occur before ground breaks on a new baseball stadium downtown.  There are also endpoints to each of those checks that make the project increasingly realistic.  Read more here.

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Amarillo Closer to Bringing Affiliated Ball to Town?

Texas League New LogoAmarillo (TX) reportedly could be closer to negotiating a deal to bring an affiliated professional baseball franchise to a new downtown ballpark.  Read more hereView timeline here.

 

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RoughRiders Hire Seasoned Corporate Sales Executive as Chief Sales Officer

Frisco RoughRiders New Teddy LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Frisco RoughRiders have announced the hiring of veteran corporate sales executive John Alper to the position of Chief Sales Officer. Alper, who has over 25 years of experience in the sports industry, will lead the franchise’s corporate sales and development. Continue reading

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Wichita Counsel Votes Unanimously to Expand Bonding for New Ballpark

Texas League LogoMoving toward building a new ballpark and commercial district west of the Arkansas River, the Wichita (KS) City Council on Tuesday approved expanding a sales tax district to pay for public improvements.  Proponents hope to lure the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League), which will need a new home if San Antonio builds a new stadium for a Triple-A club.  Read more here.

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Contemplating Wichita’s Baseball Future

Wichita Wingnut LogoTexas League New LogoThe Wichita Eagle’s Bob Lutz takes a look at the future of baseball in Wichita (KS), as discussions in several markets remain heated over the possibility of that the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) will need a new home if San Antonio steps up to the plate to lure the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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Mayor Wants More Private Financial Support for New Ballpark

Pacific Coast LeagueCity leaders may have a better understanding of San Antonio’s ability to support a new downtown ballpark and a Triple-A baseball team, thanks to the release on Monday of two market studies from different consulting firms.  But what San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor wants to see before endorsing a plan for a new stadium is financial support from the private sector.  Read more here.

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No Triple-A Ballpark for San Antonio in 2019

Colorado Springs Sky Sox LogoSan Antonio MissionsSan Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor on Wednesday effectively shelved a plan to bring Triple-A baseball to San Antonio (TX) by the 2019 season.  Taylor acknowledged Wednesday that meeting a 2019 launch date is now nearly impossible, based on rough estimates of construction time.  It’s unclear whether David Elmore will continue to push for a new stadium in San Antonio and how this news might affect other cities hoping to land the city’s Double-A franchise.  Read more here.

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Wichita On Deck for Missions?

Texas League LogoSources say that the city of Wichita (KS) and the Kansas Department of Commerce are working on a STAR bond deal for downtown and northeast that could bring a new ballpark and the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) to town.  Read more here.  Read previous story here.

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Texas League Names Purpura President

Texas League New LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Texas League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced Tuesday that Tim Purpura will succeed Tom Kayser as league president. Continue reading

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RockHounds to be Millionaires for “What If?” Weekend, Unveil Special Unis

Midland Rockhounds LogoPRESS RELEASE – In 1999, when Midland Professional Baseball changed affiliations to the Oakland A’s, a new name was needed to create our own identity. Continue reading

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Missions Trolling Lubbock

San Antonio MissionsThe San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas) are apparently trying to cover their relocation bets, as the team is reportedly eyeing Lubbock (TX) for its new home, while in ballpark talks with Amarillo (TX).  As we all know, the franchise will be moved, if San Antonio (TX) builds a new downtown stadium for the to-be-relocated Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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San Antonio Ballpark Study Complete, Results Won’t Be Released Just Yet

San Antonio MissionsColorado Springs Sky Sox LogoWashington (DC)-based stadium consultant Brailsford & Dunlavey has apparently completed its downtown San Antonio (TX) ballpark feasibility assessment, but Centro San Antonio is not yet ready to share those findings.  Read more here.

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OKC, Tulsa Extend PDCs with L.A. Dodgers

Oklahoma City Dodgers LogoDodgers LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Oklahoma City Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers announced today they have extended their Player Development Contract for two years. The extension keeps the OKC Dodgers as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate through the 2018 season. Continue reading

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RoughRiders Let Loose ‘Lazy River’ Friday, Will Host ‘Star Trek Night’ Saturday

Frisco RoughRiders New Teddy LogoThe Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A, Texas League) opened the new “Choctaw Lazy River” in the outfield, the largest body of water in a professional sports venue.  Read more here.  Check out photos here.  Following Friday’s big splash, the team will host “Vulcan Salute to Star Trek Night” tonight with special jerseys.

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Ballpark Drama in Amarillo

Texas League New LogoThe appearance of a dysfunctional city government might cost Amarillo a AA baseball team and a downtown ballpark, according to City Councilman Randy Burkett.  Read more here.

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RoughRiders Announce Dambach to Relocate to Pennsylvania, Will Retain Bulk of His Duties

Frisco RoughRiders New Teddy LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, today announced that Executive Vice President & General Manager Jason Dambach will be relocating and returning to his native Pennsylvania for family reasons. Dambach will remain intimately involved with the franchise and retain the bulk of his duties. Chief Operating Officer Scott Burchett will assume additional day-to-day responsibilities. Continue reading

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Plan for Downtown San Antonio Ballpark Questioned

San Antonio MissionsNo real news year, but weeks after Mayor Ivy Taylor announced plans to bring a Triple-A baseball team to downtown San Antonio (TX), current and former political leaders have raised questions about the proposed project.  Read more here.

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Frisco RoughRiders Unveil ‘Rougie’s Red PUNCH’ Mixed Drink

Frisco RoughRiders New Teddy LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, are winding up for a thirst-quenching haymaker with the introduction of “Rougie’s Red PUNCH.” Continue reading

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‘A League of Their Own ‘ Reunion at Arvest Park

Northwest Arkansas Naturals LogoSix former castmates will join actress Geena Davis for the second annual A League of Their Own reunion ballgame May 8 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Dittrich Ponders Double-A Ball’s Return to Amarillo

Texas League LogoThe Amarillo Globe-News interviewed long-time baseball executive John Dittrich about his time as owner and general manager of the Amarillo Gold Sox (Double-A, Texas League) back in the late 1970s/early 1980s and his thoughts about Double-A ball possibly returning to the city with a new stadium on deck.  Read more here.

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If They Built It, Triple-A Sky Sox to San Antonio

San Antonio MissionsColorado Springs Sky Sox LogoSan Antonio (TX) Mayor Ivy Taylor announced Thursday that Triple-A baseball will come to San Antonio in 2019 if a new ballpark is built Downtown.  Taylor made the announcement with David Elmore of Elmore Sports Group, which owns the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League).  Read more here.

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Amarillo Ballpark Cost Lowered, Hotel Tax Targeted to Fund Project

Texas League LogoAmarillo (TX) city staff released a preliminary report Wednesday that shaves about $4 million off the cost of the proposed downtown baseball stadium and event venue and proposes to pay for the construction largely with hotel occupancy taxes.  Read more here.

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Missions to Announce Moves to Bring Triple-A Ball to Downtown San Antonio

San Antonio MissionsOwners of the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) are expected to announce at a City Council meeting next week that they’re working toward bringing a Triple-A club to the Alamo City.  Read more here.

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Price Rises for Proposed Amarillo Ballpark

Texas League LogoAmarillo (TX) city councilmen agreed Tuesday without taking a vote to continue the pursuit of a baseball stadium — now at the estimated price of $48.4 million, well over the previous estimate of $32 million.  Read more here.

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RoughRiders Unveil Plans for Stunning New Outfield Lazy River

Frisco RoughRiders New Teddy LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, today officially announced the team’s plans for a brand-new 3,000-square-foot lazy river, highlighting a 12,000-square-foot outfield party and group hospitality area that will serve as the signature visual element at Dr Pepper Ballpark for years to come. The new area, which will be sponsored by Choctaw Casinos of Oklahoma and called the Choctaw Lazy River, will be completed by early June 2016. Continue reading

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Riders Eyeing More Improvements to Dr. Pepper Ballpark

Frisco RoughRiders New Teddy LogoMore improvements could be on the way for the city-owned Dr Pepper Ballpark that serves as the home for the Frisco RoughRiders.  Changes to the pool area are still in the conceptual stage, but a water park-feeling rendering has been released.  Read more and view rendering here.

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Work Begins Today to Repair Travs Ballpark Sinkholes

Arkansas Travelers Primary A LogoWork to repair numerous sinkholes at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock (AR), home of the Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, Texas League), is to begin today after the City Council’s approval Tuesday to waive competitive bidding and allocate $375,000 toward fixing the Arkansas Travelers’ home field.  Read more and view photo here.

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Naturals Announce Plans for New HD Videoboard

Northwest Arkansas Naturals LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A Affiliate of the World Champion Kansas City Royals, along with the City of Springdale, are excited to announce plans for a new state-of-the-art HD videoboard at Arvest Ballpark. Continue reading

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Texas League Prez to Retire

Texas League New LogoPRESS RELEASE – Texas League president Tom Kayser announced today his intention to retire prior to the 2017 season, closing a 25-year run as the leader of the historic loop. Continue reading

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Double-A Texas League Unveils New Logo

Texas League LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Texas League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced today the creation of a new logo for the eight-team Double-A league. One of the most historic of all of the Minor Leagues, the Texas League has been in operation since 1888. Continue reading

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Hooks New Field Nears Completion

Corpus Christi Hooks LogoPRESS RELEASE – After 11 years of Hooks baseball and 12 years after the construction of Whataburger Field began, the Ballpark by the Bay’s playing surface received a makeover. In conjunction with Ryan Sanders Sports Turf Services, Landscapes Unlimited and King Ranch Turf Grass, the Hooks’ grounds crew drew one step closer to completing a resurfacing Wednesday when it laid new sod across the field. Continue reading

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