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Bulls, Rays extend player development contract through 2018

Bulls, Rays extend player development contract through 2018

Expected: The Durham Bulls (Class AAA; International League) and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their player...

Durham Bulls set new season attendance record

Durham Bulls set new season attendance record

Ballpark renovations do make a difference: the Durham Bulls (Class AAA; International League) set a ne...

Another attendance record: Lakeland Flying Tigers

Another attendance record: Lakeland Flying Tigers

We have another attendance record to report: the Lakeland Flying Tigers (High Class A; Florida State L...

State College Spikes attract largest crowd in Medlar Field history

State College Spikes attract largest crowd in Medlar Field history

Another attendance record to note: the State College Spikes (short season A; NY-Penn League) attracted...

Burlington Bees, Angels extend PDC

Burlington Bees, Angels extend PDC

A potential reshuffling of Low Class A Midwest League affiliates is down by one, as the Burlington Bees...

Bulls, Rays extend player development contract through 2018

Bulls, Rays extend player development contract through 2018

Expected: The Durham Bulls (Class AAA; International League) and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their player development contract (PDC) for four more years, through the 2018 season.

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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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Bluefish to hold Ken Shepard Day

Bluefish to hold Ken Shepard Day

The Bridgeport Bluefish (independent; Atlantic League) will honor GM Ken Shepard, who is fighting stage 4 kidney cancer, and bring in Pete Rose as part of "Ken Shepard Day" on Sunday, September 14.

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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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CPL honors organization, broadcaster of the year

CPL honors organization, broadcaster of the year

The summer-collegiate Coastal Plain League announced Joe Vasile of the Fayetteville SwampDogs is broadcaster of the year, and the Peninsula Pilots organization of the year.

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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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The Week That Was: August 31

The Week That Was: August 31

Metrodome recycling, affiliation news, attendance records and positioning for 2015 were the leading stories of the past week on Ballpark Digest, as measured by page views.

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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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