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Lancaster JetHawks, Houston Astros extend player development contract

Lancaster JetHawks, Houston Astros extend player development contract

The Lancaster JetHawks (High Class A; California League) and the Houston Astros extended their player dev...

Two PDCs renewed: Muckdogs/Marlins, 'Days/Nats

Two PDCs renewed: Muckdogs/Marlins, 'Days/Nats

We have two more PDC renewals in the short season A NY-Penn League to report, as the Batavia Muckdogs/M...

University of Texas takes over Edinburg Baseball Stadium; will pro baseball return?

University of Texas takes over Edinburg Baseball Stadium; will pro baseball return?

The University of Texas System is taking over Edinburg Baseball Stadium for use by UT-Pan American and UT-R...

Jamestown fielding Diethrick Park lease inquiries

Jamestown fielding Diethrick Park lease inquiries

That didn't take long: A day after the Jamestown Jammers (short season A; NY-Penn League) announced a ...

After 28 years, George Spelius stepping down as Midwest League president

After 28 years, George Spelius stepping down as Midwest League president

Another milestone to note: After 28 years, George Spelius is stepping down at the end of the season as...

Lancaster JetHawks, Houston Astros extend player development contract

Lancaster JetHawks, Houston Astros extend player development contract

The Lancaster JetHawks (High Class A; California League) and the Houston Astros extended their player development contract (PDC) for two more years, through 2016.

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After offseason fire, Fifth Third Ballpark shines at Midwest League ASG

After offseason fire, Fifth Third Ballpark shines at Midwest League ASG

Tuesday night’s Midwest League All-Star Classic was more than a showcase of baseball talent. It was a celebration of a remarkable effort by the West Michigan Whitecaps to rebuild a ballpark heavily damage...

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A sneek peak at Charlotte's new ballpark

A sneek peak at Charlotte's new ballpark

It's a new era in North Carolina baseball as the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League) open a new Uptown ballpark tonight. Our Mark Cryan was on hand yesterday for a sneak preview.

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Metrodome baggie to reborn as Duluth Pack bags

Metrodome baggie to reborn as Duluth Pack bags

Another creative reuse for a remnant of the Metrodome: the infamous right-field baggie is now part of a new Duluth Pack line of bags, to be unveiled tomorrow at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

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Baseball's ultimate party deck, at Coors Field

Baseball's ultimate party deck, at Coors Field

It wasn't that long ago when the Colorado Rockies shut down the right-field upper deck at Coors Field because of a lack of fan interest. Now, it's the hottest place in the ballpark -- and a model for other...

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One last hurrah at Midway Stadium

One last hurrah at Midway Stadium

We're down to the wire at Midway Stadium, where the St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) will wrap up their tenure there with a final game tonight.

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Replacements to make hometown return at Midway Stadium

Replacements to make hometown return at Midway Stadium

This may be more about our youth than yours, but this is still big news: The Replacements will be playing their first hometown gig since 1991, when the band headlines this summer at Midway Stadium.

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Bosse Field / Evansville Otters

Bosse Field / Evansville Otters

It is one of the oldest ballparks still hosting baseball, a historic venue that still feels much as it did during its June 17, 1915 opening. Welcome to Evansville's Bosse Field.

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Grizzlies, Owls on the block

Grizzlies, Owls on the block

Two of the more successful summer-collegiate teams are on the block, as owner Ken Silver is looking to sell the Gastonia Grizzlies and the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League.

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Simmons Field / Kenosha Kingfish

Simmons Field / Kenosha Kingfish

This, friends, is why summer-collegiate leagues exist: to provide new life to old ballparks – evidenced by the makeover of Simmons Field, home of the Northwoods League’s Kenosha Kingfish.

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Jamestown fielding Diethrick Park lease inquiries

Jamestown fielding Diethrick Park lease inquiries

That didn't take long: A day after the Jamestown Jammers (short season A; NY-Penn League) announced a 2015 move to Morgantown, W.Va., city officials reported multiple inquiries regarding a Diethrick Park l...

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New ballpark on Dubuque's radar

New ballpark on Dubuque's radar

A long-term development plan for Dubuque's Chaplain Schmitt Island includes a new ballpark on city-owned land, but city officials say there are no firm plans for a new facility or team at this time.

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Newest Astrodome preservation plan: World's largest indoor park

Newest Astrodome preservation plan: World's largest indoor park

We have another concept for the preservation of the Astrodome: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is proposing the Eighth Wonder of the World be converted to the world's largest indoor park.

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