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First-Year Bravehearts Prepare for Inaugural Home Opener Thursday

Worcester Bravehearts LogoThe summer collegiate Worcester Bravehearts, the latest entry in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, will play their first game at Torrington (CT) Wednesday against the Torrington Titans and take on the Pittsfield Suns Thursday in their home opener at Hanover Insurance Park.  Read more here.

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Cantiani: Listen to Me, Worcester Baseball

Futures Collegiate Baseball League LogoPaul Cantiani says the new summer collegiate Futures League team in Worcester ought to listen to his advice to make sure the franchise is profitable.  Cantiani, who has operated Cantiani Insurance Agency in the area for over 40 years, was involved with the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) when it was launched in 2005.  Cantiani reportedly parted ways with the Continue reading

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Former Tornadoes Emcee Named GM of New Worcester Team

Futures Collegiate Baseball League LogoDave Peterson, the former on-field emcee for the defunct indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) has been hired to be the general manager of the new summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League franchise in Worcester (MA).  Read more here.

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Worcester Could Join Ranks of New Developmental League

Worcester SealFounder and CEO of the indy pro Atlantic League Frank Boulton said he is interested in bringing professional baseball back to Worcester (MA) as part of a new developmental league he plans to announce in mid-June.  He emphasized that the new league will not be associated with the Atlantic League.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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No Baseball in Worcester in 2013

The city of Worcester, the College of the Holy Cross, and Hanover Insurance have agreed to put off replacing the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) at Hanover Insurance Park until 2014.  Read more here.

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Futures League Makes Move on Worcester, Atlantic League on the Radar Too

While the indy pro Can-Am League works to hold the market held by the terminated Worcester Tornadoes with a replacement franchise at Hanover Insurance Park, John Creedon Jr., the owner of a Worcester-based catering and tent-rental company, says he has secured the rights to bring a summer collegiate Futures Collegiate Continue reading

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Can-Am League Extends Deadline for Worcester

The indy pro Can-Am League has extended its Oct. 2 deadline until the end of the month to allow Baltimore businessman Daniel DiGiacomo to put together an ownership group to launch a replacement franchise for the Worcester Tornadoes, which were booted from the league over financial troubles.  The city appears to be taking a very cautious approach to bringing a new team into Continue reading

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Taking a Year Off in Worcester? Wolff Not Pleased With City’s Lack of Responsiveness

Miles Wolff, commissoner of the indy pro Can-Am League, is raising concerns that city officials have not returned his phone calls about the future of baseball in Worcester, after the owner of the Worcester Tornadoes was stripped of his franchise rights amid financial troubles. Word has it that the city might be considering a decision not to host baseball in 2013.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Worcester Phoenix to Rise?

We can’t say we’re crazy about the name, but Bob Weldon from Black Ink Sports has approached the indy pro Can-Am League and other stakeholders about securing the rights to the Worcester (MA) market and Hanover Insurance Park after the league shuttered the Worcester Tornadoes amid financial troubles.  He would call the team the Worcester Phoenix. Continue reading

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The Future of Baseball in Worcester

Despite the ugly financial and legal situation that forced the indy pro Can-Am League to take control of the embattled Worcester Tornadoes, don’t expect Hanover Insurance Park to be without baseball in 2013.  There are already groups expressing interest in assuming ownership of the Tornadoes as a professional team, but placing an expansion Futures Collegiate Baseball League franchise Continue reading

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League Takes Over Tornadoes, Ex-Owner Will Fight to Be Reinstated

PRESS RELEASE – Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff (pictured) announced on Friday that the membership of the Worcester Tornadoes held by Streamlined Sports, Inc., has been terminated. The team will complete its regular-season schedule September 1-3 at Newark. Continue reading

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Tornadoes Owner: ‘Outrageous’ to Believe Future is Bleak for Team

Amid legal action to secure payments for debts owed, a defiant Todd Breighner, owner of the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League), showed up at the team’s closed offices Tuesday to collect items, as a moving crew was preparing to clear it out.  Breighner blamed the media circus on an overzealous lawyer and vowed that the team would be back in 2013.  Read more here.

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Gray Days in Worcester

Amid financial troubles, the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) took the field for the second game in a row last night in league-issued uniforms after the team’s regular unis were seized by a debt-collecting lawyer.  The uniforms were used by the league’s traveling squad, the Grays, in 2005 and 2007.  Read more hereRead about debt details and view jersey photo here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Worcestor Tornadoes Facing Legal Action Over Debts Owed

The indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) were scheduled to be in court Thursday to respond to a claim for money owed for uniforms and promotional materials, but the hearing was postponed.  The vendor is seeking a court order to seize the team’s inventory, including uniforms, equipment and office furniture, if they don’t get paid.  On Monday, the game was delayed by a cleaning Continue reading

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Tornadoes Trim Debt by $470K

When Todd Breighner bought the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) after the 2009 season, he had to absorb $500,000 in debt from the previous owners.  After two seasons, that figure has apparently been whittled down to $30,000.  Maybe the ‘Nadoes are in better financial shape than some believe.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Tornadoes Sign Jose Canseco

PRESS RELEASE – The Worcester Tornadoes today signed former Major League Outfielder & Designated Hitter Jose Canseco to a one season contract. The native Cuban spent parts of 17 seasons in the majors, mashing 462 homeruns. Continue reading

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Worcester Back for 2012

After another ho-hum year at the gate at 1,782 fans per game, the indy pro Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League) will apparently be back for another season.  However, team owners appear to be a little less confident about the future of the league, with the Pittsfield Colonials and Newark Bears on the brink.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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A Minor League Baseball Tour Around New England

Boston Globe correspondent Christopher Klein takes a look at the 10 minor league ballparks/teams in New England that you should check out this summer.  Read more and view photos here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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New Ownership’s Postive Outlook Affirmed by Opening Weekend

PRESS RELEASE – After only three games at the HIP the outlook is positive for the new Tornadoes ownership. With Thursday, Friday, and Saturday’s attendance totaling over 7,000 fans the future looks bright for the Tornadoes organization. Continue reading

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New Owner Expects to Stem Attendance Slide in Worcester

Todd Breighner and his Maryland-based Streamlined Sports, Inc. took control of the Can-Am League’s Worcester (MA) Tornadoes back in October and implemented a plan to manage debt, create stability, and grow attendance.  Read more here.  Turning things around won’t be easy.  The per game average attendance for the  Continue reading

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Worcester Tornadoes Sold

Worcester LogoThe independent professional Can-Am League’s Worcester Tornadoes have been sold to an investor group in Maryland.  The plan is to keep the team at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross.  Details of the deal were not disclosed.  Read more here and view news clip here.

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