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Toledo, Detroit Extend Player Development Contract

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:45:34 +0000

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Totally expected: the Toledo Mud Hens (Class AAA; International League) and the Detroit Tigers extended their player development contract (PDC) through the 2020 season. Toledo has served as Detroit’s top minor league affiliate since 1987 in a relationship that clearly benefits both baseball teams. “We have always had a great working relationship with the Tigers and look forward to […]



New for 2018: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:35:30 +0000

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We have a new name for The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, spring home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, after a naming-rights sale: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The new name will be unveiled next week when spring-training games start. It’s the result of a 12-year contract between the teams and FITTEAM, a fitness beverage company located […]



Gourlay Departs Ottawa Champions

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:23:04 +0000

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David Gourlay, president of the Ottawa Champions (independent; Can-Am League), is leaving the team effective immediately, leaving it in the hands of owner Miles Wolff. Gourlay has been the face of the Champions since the team launched in 2015, working hard to bring stable ownership back to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park. As you’ll recall, this was the […]



New Waukesha Ballpark Is “Not Moving Forward”

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:08:18 +0000

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A proposal to place a new Waukesha ballpark in the city’s Frame Park for a summer-collegiate Northwoods League team is not moving forward, as Big Top Baseball and city officials pull the plug on the public/private endeavor. The proposal from Big Top Baseball — which operates the Madison Mallards, Kenosha Kingfish, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and […]



It’s Bootleggers vs. Distillers in the Midwest League

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:31:15 +0000

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We saw a few of these successful cross-team promos in 2017, and it looks like more are on tap this season, with the temporarily renamed Bowling Green Bootleggers and Peoria Distillers battling it out in the Low-A Midwest League. The Hot Rods began the Bootlegger Night promotion two seasons ago, which was eventually named MiLB Promo […]



Manfred: Ybor City Ballpark Site is Great, But Businesses Need to Support Rays

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:42:40 +0000

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hailed the selection of an Ybor City ballpark site as a smart decision by the Tampa Bay Rays, but warned that business support was essential to the future of the team in the region. Generally, reaction to the decision by the Rays to pursue an Ybor City ballpark site has been […]



Marlins Games Turning Into No-Fun Experiences?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:58:25 +0000

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With the pending elimination of a midgame mascot race and efforts to remove the colorful Red Grooms sculpture from Marlins Park, the Miami Marlins braintrust seems bent on removing distinctive entertainment from the game-day experience. There’s a continuing debate in the baseball world about the role of between-innings entertainment in the game-day experience. Baseball purists […]



Corpus Christi Hooks to Become Blue Ghosts

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:16:52 +0000

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In honor of the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Lexington CV-16, the Corpus Christi Hooks (Class AA; Texas League) will become the Blue Ghosts from June 21-23.  “The USS Lexington is a national treasure that lives in our backyard,” team general manager Wes Weigle said. “She holds more records than any other Essex Class carrier in the […]



Rebranding Roundup: MiLB Teams Go Fishing

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:00:09 +0000

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It seems like many off-seasons have themes when it comes to Minor League Baseball team rebranding, and 2018 is shaping up to be The Year Of The Fish. The Gwinnett Braves (AAA; International League) announced on December 8 that they were becoming the Gwinnett Stripers. It’s a big change for the club which had been […]



Report: Rockies to Honor Denver White Elephants

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:15:03 +0000

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A tribute to the Denver White Elephants could take place at Coors Field in 2018, as the Colorado Rockies are reportedly planning a promotion that includes throwback uniforms.  BSN Denver reports that the Rockies will honor the White Elephants, the city’s Negro Leagues franchise that played from 1915-35. Additional details about the promotion will still have to be confirmed by […]