Wichita an affiliated city again?

The other week, Mayor Jeff Longwell of Wichita, KS, stated the city will announce a minor league affiliation by the end of the year. A bold statement. Is Wichita playing bluff poker or does the city have a trick on its sleeve? After I read the announcement, I have been thinking: "Which team of which …

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Miniature golf at Modern Woodmen Park

Through the years, Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (A Full Season affiliate of the Houston Astros), has become a kind of fun fair. Next to the Ferris wheel behind left field and the carousel the team acquired in the last off season, there will be another attraction (or distraction from baseball?).  …

Astros affiliate will get its stadium

The A Advanced affiliated of the Houston Astros, now playing in Buies Creek, will get its new stadium in Fayetteville. Today the groundbreaking will take place at 11.00 AM local time. While the rest of the state of North Carolina is waiting for the solar eclipse, people in Fayetteville have more important things to do. …

Williamsport Crosscutters to host MLB game

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field will be home to the MLB Little League Classic, a regular season game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. As you may know, Williamsport is home to the Little League World Series. It was in March 2017 that the MLB Little League Classic was announced. MLB …

New ballpark may loom at the horizon for Las Vegas 51s

After months, if not years, of talk about possible locations for a new 51s ballpark, there is some positive news to announce as the 51s are "cautiously optimistic about a new stadium deal." This is what the Las Vegas Review-Journal headed. After years of insecurity, the owners of the 51s seem to be optimistic to …

San Antonio AAA baseball may hit a snag

Two weeks ago, the Elmore Sportsgroup announced they will move their AA team to Amarillo and their AAA team from Colorado Springs to San Antonio. All in good faith the city of San Antonio would spend on a new AAA ballpark. Now it seems that several prominent politicians prefer Major League Soccer over Minor League …

Salt Lake Bees to welcome 12 millionth fan

The Salt Lake Bees, AAA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels in the Pacific Coast League, hosted 4,155 fans in last night's game (a 9-3 win over the Reno Aces). With this number of fans, the club is only 10,230 away from reaching the 12 million mark.   After the Portland Beavers, who replaced the independent …

Birmingham willing to spend $500K on repairs of Rickwood Field

Historic Rickwood Field, that was home to Minor League and Negro League teams is in need of repairs. The annual Rickwood Classic, a game hosted by the Birmingham Barons in wich the teams wear throwback uniforms, was canceled because the place was shut down after city officials discovered the ballpark needed structural shoring and repairs. …

Cashman Field transfers to city

Today, the Las Vegas City Council approved the transfer of the Cashman Center, the conference center AND Cashman Field, from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to the city of Las Vegas. The terms of the transfer include: • LVCVA will operate and maintain the facilities through Dec. 31, 2017 • Those currently using …

Spencer Kieboom designated for assignment

The Washington Nationals signed free agent RHP Joe Blanton today. To make room for him on the roster, the team designated catcher Spencer Kieboom for assignment in a surprising move. It remains to be seen if the Dutchie can prepare himself for the upcoming season with the Nats. 2017 would be the sixth season in …

Kannapolis approves ballpark design

The city council of Kannapolis (North Carolina) has approved the ballpark design for the projected downtown ballpark of the Kannapolis Intimidators (A Full Season, South Atlantic League). With the approval, an important hurdle is taken on the way to a downtown revitalization. The Kannapolis Intimidators are looking for a new ballpark since the club has …

Future of Beloit Snappers in doubt

After two months of service, the president of the Beloit Snappers, Mark Mascharka, has stepped down from the position, leaving the board of directors of the club with a challenge to guide the future of the club. The ballpark of the Snappers, Pohlman Field is in bad shape, even this bad that it needs to …

Boise Hawks owner to buy ground for stadium

In a move that you hardly see in (minor league) baseball, Chris Schoen the managing partner of the Boise Hawks (A Short Season affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the Northwest League), wants to buy an 11-acre piece of ground in downtown Boise ID and donate it to the city, so the latter can build …

Augusta GreeJackets to move to new stadium

In a third and final hearing of the Master Development Agreement about the new ballpark of the August GreenJackets (Single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in the South Atlantic League), the city council of North Augusta has agreed to the stadium plans with a 6-1 vote. With the approval, the new stadium, named …

PawSox stadium (site) not feasible

According to a feasibility study, the location where McCoy Stadium, home of the PawSox, is situated is infeasible for a new or renovated ballpark. The study was commissioned by the Pawtucket Red Sox and the state of Rhode Island to see if the location would be a good fit. Normally I would say "what a …

Amarillo negotiating with MiLB club

According to Amarillo Global News, the city of Amarillo is negotiating with an affiliated minor league club to play in the Texan city. Which club and how far the negotiations are is not known yet. Asked about an item on Tuesday’s city council agenda regarding the “Negotiation of Lease and Management Agreement with Affiliated Baseball Team …