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Last Build Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:00:21 +0000

 



Cardinals Adding Social Space to Busch Stadium

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:00:21 +0000

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Busch Stadium will offer a new social space beginning with the 2018 season, as the St. Louis Cardinals are undertaking a ballpark renovation project.  Leading up to next season, the Cardinals will be working on an overhaul that makes Busch Stadium one of the latest ballparks around Major League Baseball to add a new social space. The Cardinals have already […]



Personnel News: Sonoma, Reading

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:01:32 +0000

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We have personnel news to report from the Sonoma Stompers (independent; Pacific Association) and the Reading Fightin Phils (Class AA; Eastern League).  In Sonoma, the Stompers have announced that Brett Creamer is their new General Manager. He succeeds Theo Fightmaster, who had been at the helm of the Stompers since the team’s inaugural 2014 season. “I am thrilled with the incredible opportunity […]



New for 2018: Tampa Tarpons

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:17:49 +0000

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The Tampa Tarpons are back, as the Tampa Yankees (High A; Florida State League) rebrand with a classic Minor League Baseball moniker for the 2018 season. The Tarpons played in the Florida State League from 1957 through 1987, “We have great fans in Tampa,” said Vance Smith, Tarpons general manager, in a press statement. “This is Tampa’s team, […]



Appeals Court Rejects MLB Netting Class-Action Certification

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:54:12 +0000

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A federal appeals court has rejected a proposed class-action lawsuit seeking to mandate netting from foul pole to foul pole in MLB ballparks, saying the risk of a fan being struck by a foul ball is low and that the fear of injury does not warrant major changes. The lawsuit, filed by Oakland A’s fan […]



2017 Best Ballpark Renovation (MLB): George M. Steinbrenner Field

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:38:26 +0000

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We wrap up our 2017 Ballpark Digest Awards where we began our season: The award for Best Ballpark Renovation (MLB) goes to George M. Steinbrenner Field, the spring home of the New York Yankees. When the Yankees opened spring training, the team did so in a drastically different fashion. The old Steinbrenner Field, where the […]



See You at the 2017 Winter Meetings!

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:34:49 +0000

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Next week might be a little slow on Ballpark Digest, as the staff is attending the 2017 Baseball Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. It’s where the baseball industry gathers, and we’ll be there. The annual Ballpark Digest Awards reception is slated for Monday, Dec. 11, at the Swan. If you’re an owner, […]



What’s Next for a New A’s Ballpark? Four Potential Resolutions

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:51:25 +0000

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With the announcement that the Laney College site for a new Oakland Athletics ballpark is off the table, team management has four options on how to proceed in a post-Coliseum world. We look at all four. To say that the Athletics front office was blindsided by the decision of the Peralta Community College District Board […]



Altoona Curve Unveil New On-Field Caps

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:24:50 +0000

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The Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League) have unveiled a pair of new on-field caps that will make their debuts in 2018, the Curve’s 20th anniversary season. Included in the lineup of new hats is a primary home cap and batting practice cap.  The team’s new primary home cap is black with a railroad red bill and features […]



New for 2018: Gwinnett Stripers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:07:30 +0000

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The Gwinnett Braves are no more, as a rebranding effort has resulted in the team becoming the Gwinnett Stripers for 2018 and beyond. The new name and logos for the Class AAA International League franchise were unveiled on Friday.  Having had the Braves’ moniker since 1966–when it was the Richmond Braves–the Gwinnett club was seeking to signal a new era by […]



Milwaukee Brewers to Renovate PNC Club Level

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:37:47 +0000

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The Milwaukee Brewers are planning a major change at Miller Park, as the team has announced a renovation of the PNC Club Level concourse. The project, to be completed in time for the 2018 season, will feature a redesign and modernization of the aesthetic for the PNC Club Level corridor, as well the addition of two new food destinations, a […]