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The Year That Was: 2011

It was a quirky year in baseball: a season that saw limited franchise activity, reflecting the general economic malaise in the United States. Looking back, here are the most popular stories posted on Ballpark Digest in the past year, as measured by page views. 20: It’s Truck Day!The traditional beginning to the reason happens when […]

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Court ruling clarifies San Jose, Escondido ballpark statuses

With the California Supreme Court ruling yesterday that the state can indeed eliminate city and county redevelopment agencies, the fate of new ballparks in Escondido and the Bay Area became clearer. The California Supreme Court not only ruled that the state can eliminate redevelopment agencies — and recapture locally generated revenues in the process — […]

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New for 2012: Constellation Field

Following a merger of StarTex Power and Constellation Energy, the new $35-million home of the Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League) will have a new name for 2012 and beyond. Naming rights to the new ballpark were originally sold to StarTex Power by the Skeeters ownership. No other provisions of the 10-year naming-rights agreement are […]

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Baltimore announces Oriole Park improvements for 2012

Twenty years after the opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Orioles today announced a series of enhancements dedicated to improving the fan experience at one of baseball’s best facilities. The biggest change: the center-field picnic area is being revamped. The emphasis won’t be on groups; it will shift to Oriole team history, […]

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Rox out of Can-Am League for 2012

The Brockton Rox are out of the 2012 independent Cam-Am League schedule, as an ownership change and expansion franchise in Canada failed to materialize. Because of interleague play with the independent American Association, the Can-Am League was actually seeking an odd number of teams for the 2012 season. But with a potential Canadian expansion franchise […]

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Brainerd out of Northwoods League for 2012

Owner Joel Sutherland put up the good fight at Mills Field for the past few seasons, but it wasn’t enough, as the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers are out of the summer-collegiate Northwoods League for 2012. Baseball has never thrived in the northern-Minnesota resort town of Brainerd, either in the form of the independent North Central […]

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Target Field adds second LEED certification

Target Field, already LEED-certified for the green practices incorporated in its construction, has garnered a second LEED certification, this time for ongoing operations and maintenance. LEED certification is a measure of how environmentally friendly a building is; the certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is an important tool in the construction world. There are […]

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No, Canada

Prospects for Minor League Baseball returning to Ottawa and Montreal have dimmed in recent weeks, as a lack of funding for new and improved facilities is proving to be an impediment to any franchise shifts. With the rebound of the Canadian dollar, MiLB teams moving into Canada has been seen by many owners as a […]

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