The Sugar Land Skeeters may lower their travel expenses in 2018, as the independent professional Atlantic League would like to add three more teams in Texas. League officials are reportedly in active discussions with five potential ownership groups and expect the circuit to meet its 2018 expansion goal. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
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Mark 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.
PRESS RELEASE – The board of trustees of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce the name of the facility to be built in Lubbock, Texas: the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Frank Boulton, CEO of the indy pro Atlantic League, expects to add at least two teams to the circuit in 2015, including one in Texas and another in Virginia (assuming the Loudoun Hounds ballpark doesn’t open in 2014, or the Virginia Beach project comes together). Read more here.
The city of El Paso (TX) will reportedly have to spend an extra $17 million on bonds to finance its new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) after an initial attempt to sell the debt failed. Read more here.
Wasting no time, construction crews are preparing to lay cement for the main concourse for the new $60.2 million downtown El Paso (TX) ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League). Read more and view photo here.
MountainStar Sports Group investors have rejected the idea of providing personal guarantees for the additional $12.1 million the group recently agreed to pay toward El Paso’s new Triple-A baseball stadium. The City Council last week voted 6-2 in favor of making the request, after the idea was put forth by City Council Rep. Eddie Holguin — a ballpark opponent. Knowing MountainStar would Continue reading
About 300 people showed up in downtown El Paso (TX) Thursday for the official groundbreaking for the new ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League). Read more and watch video here.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new downtown El Paso (TX) ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. Read more here.
After a heated argument over budget estimates for the new downtown ballpark for the relocating Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League), the El Paso (TX) City Council voted 5-3 to approve a $52.8 million budget for the project. Read more and view new rendering here.
The mayoral and three city council races in El Paso (TX) are headed toward a run0ff election on June 15, as none of the candidates for these offices received a majority of the vote on Saturday. With so many candidates running, it is hard to tell if the new downtown ballpark project played a significant role in the voting. Read more here.
If you don’t want information or comments you might make showing up in the newspaper, don’t put them in an e-mail. That’s a hard lesson El Paso city manager Joyce Wilson has learned after taking heat for e-mail remarks she made in July about critics of the ballpark and the bond referendum. Read more here.
League City (TX) will pay $1.4 million this year to service the debt on nearly $18 million borrowed to build Big League Dreams Sports Park, a $22.6 million amateur baseball/softball complex consisting of six replica MLB fields opened in 2005. This is the highest payment the city will make, before payments begin Continue reading
El Paso Mayor John Cook has remained opposed to plans to demolish City Hall to make room for a new $50 million downtown ballpark for the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League), but he has said he would not issue a veto of the project if he believed it would be overturned by a three-fourths majority vote of 6-2 by the city council. The balanced could now be tipped in the mayor’s favor, as City Council Continue reading
The yet-to-be-approved lease for the proposed new downtown ballpark for the soon-to-be-relocated Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) has been unveiled. Under the terms, the team will pay $200,000 per year in rent for 25 years. $150,000 of each payment would be set aside for future capital improvements. Read more details here.
The El Paso City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 11, is expected to consider the terms of a long-term lease deal with MountainStar Sports Group for the site chosen for a proposed new downtown baseball stadium to be built for the relocated Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League). Read more here.
The City of El Paso’s Engineering and Construction Management Department has hired Populous, Inc. (formerly HOK) to produce the conceptual designs for the proposed new downtown ballpark for the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League). Read more here.
Council members hosted four town hall meetings in El Paso (TX) Thursday night to discuss plans to tear down city hall and build a new ballpark for a Triple-A Pacific Coast League club. Discussions with local residents (at least those opposed to the plan) reportedly got a little heated. Read more and views news clips here and here.
If a Triple-A Pacific Coast League franchise is relocated to a new downtown El Paso ballpark, the indy pro El Paso Diablos (American Association) owned by the Tigua Tribe would be forced to leave town. There is already talk that the tribe could move the franchise to a new stadium in nearby Socorro. Read more and view news clip here. In the meantime, the El Paso Hotel/Motel Association has Continue reading
The El Paso City Council will consider a resolution next Tuesday to authorize the city manager to sign an agreement between the city and Mountain Star Sports Groups, LLC to build a new $50 million, minimum 9,000 capacity ballpark for a relocated Triple-A Pacific Coast League club. Read more here and here.
Steve Kaplowitz from El Paso’s ESPN Radio says things are moving very fast to try and bring the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) to town. In his opinion, “It’s probably the closest El Paso has been to an affiliated baseball team since 2004.” For this to happen, a few things would have to fall into place — not the least of which is a deal for a new downtown ballpark. Read more here.
After staking its flag in the Lone Star State with bold expansion to Sugar Land, the indy pro Atlantic League is necessarily exploring options for several more companion teams in Texas and Louisiana. It’s possible the league could reach 16 teams, with eight operating in the current eastern footprint and four complimenting the Skeeters. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
The Texas Rangers have opened their last 13 of 18 games in temperatures at or above 100 degrees. When the first pitch was thrown out on Saturday, it was a roasting 106. Read more here. Now, we haven’t done an attendance analysis for the MLB, affiliated, indy pro, and summer collegiate teams in the state, but we imagine the heat has taken its toll on gate receipts.
Baseball Pilgrimages visits Citibank Ballpark, home of the Double-A Midland RockHounds (Texas League). Read more and view photos here.
With three teams in the Rio Grande Valley (two playing in the same park), the rickety indy pro North American League and ex-Congressman John Bryant of United League and Texas-Louisiana League fame are exploring Brownsville (TX) as an expansion market. Brownsville has considered building a new park in the past, but it looks the NAL will be starting from scratch with Continue reading
San Diego Padres CEO Jeff Moorad said that the Triple-A Tucson Padres (Pacific Coast League) will be sold at the end of this season, if a new ballpark deal is not finalized in Escondido or some other North County community. Potential suitors mentioned for the club include folks in Tucson and a west Texas group willing to build a new ballpark for the team in El Paso. Read more here.
Nueces County (TX) has filed suit against the former Coastal Bend Thunder (now McAllen Thunder) from the United League (now North American League) for more than $142,000 in unpaid rent, utilities, and stadium cleanup and repair costs associated with the team’s lease of Fairgrounds Field. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
PRESS RELEASE – Ventura Sports Group, the partnership bringing independent baseball to a new state of the art $18MM baseball and multi-use stadium in Laredo, TX has announced the finalists in the Name-The-Team contest. The six finalists are: Javelinas, Lynx, Lemurs, Lobos, Generals and WhipTails. Continue reading
A poll conducted by the local newspaper in Wichita Falls (TX) shows 47 percent of respondents want to see minor league baseball return to the city. Another 26 percent would like to see a new Texas Collegiate League team in town. Short of spending millions on a new ballpark, the TCL would be the best bet for the fans in WF. The TCL’s Wichita Falls Roughnecks folded a couple of years ago after one season at Hoskins Field, but it wasn’t a very professionally run operation. Read more here.