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Slammers: Big plans for 2013

The continuing effort to stabilize pro baseball in Joliet was boosted after new Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League) ownership and management met with local fans. In theory, Joliet should be a good baseball market if the numbers are correct. And while indy baseball initially did OK at Silver Cross Field during the early days of […]

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New Bakersfield ballpark receives preliminary approval

A proposed new ballpark for the Bakersfield Blaze (High Class A; California League) has received preliminary approval from the local Board of Zoning Adjustment, as the project heads for a 2014 opening. The new ballpark, to be financed privately by new team ownership, will be located at the Bakersfield Commons development, at Coffee and Brimhall […]

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Fightin Phils unveil display upgrades for 2013

The Reading Fightin Phils (Class AA; Eastern League) are launching a $1 million multimedia videoboard project at FirstEnergy Stadium in the months leading up to the 2013 season. Once installed, the project, which includes the addition of a 30’x60’ HD10 board in center field, will make  technological advances while enhancing the fan experience at America’s […]

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West Coast League at 11 for 2013

The summer-collegiate West Coast League will be at 11 teams for 2013 after adding Medford (Ore.) and Victoria (B.C.) to the circuit; as expected, Yakima is not in the mix. Adding two pretty good markets in Medford and Victoria is a big accomplishment for the circuit; those are two solid markets in two solid ballparks. […]

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Rays ballpark proposal at Carillon Business Park withdrawn by developer

Developer Darryl LeClair threw a monkey wrench into planning for a Tampa Bay Rays ballpark by taking a proposal at St. Pete’s Carillon Business Park off the table. Indeed, it’s only been a few months since LeClair unveiled renderings of a unique ballpark to be located in northern St. Petersburg, a facility set amongst Mediterranean […]

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