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Sunwall retires, Jones takes over in Lynchburg

A mainstay in Lynchburg baseball has announced his retirement, as Lynchburg Hillcats (High-A; Carolina League) President and CFO Paul Sunwall is stepping down after 35 years in the front office. He will be replaced by Chris Jones, an experienced executive who most recently served as the general manager of the Sugar Land Skeeters (independent; Atlantic League). (more…)

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Ballpark Digest

2016 College Ballpark Preview, Part II

This year, many NCAA Division I Baseball programs are changing features within their facilities to improve the player and fan experience. While these upgrades are nowhere near as extensive as the renovations we covered last week, they offer plenty of state-of-the-art features, including new videoboards, fields, and administrative buildings. (more…)

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Ballpark Digest

2016 College Ballpark Preview, Part I

This spring will mark the opening of several new and/or renovated ballparks around NCAA Division I College Baseball. Across the country, these overhauled facilities will introduce major changes that will alter the college baseball experience for fans and players alike, as these newly christened venues range from a sweeping changes to a historic ballpark to […]

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Ballpark Preview: Jimmy John’s Field

This summer, Utica (Mich.) will become a home to professional baseball, as Jimmy John’s Field is slated to host the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) and its three teams—Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers and Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers—for a 50-game-per-team schedule, amounting to 75 total games at the ballpark. (more…)

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Promotions Watch: Halloween at the Ballpark

With Halloween just weeks away, teams around baseball are looking to get fans back to the ballpark. From haunted houses and fall fests, to charity races and craft beer festivals, the Halloween at the ballpark promotional slate is full of intriguing options, several of which will be featured in our latest Promotions Watch. (more…)

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Pulaski Yankees

A Baseball Revival in Pulaski

The 2015 Minor League Baseball season brought about several attendance success stories, including the Pulaski Yankees (rookie; Appalachian League)—a team embracing change. At the forefront of the Yankees’ success was a new affiliation with the New York Yankees, changes in ballpark ownership, ballpark upgrades, and a customer-oriented approach to game-day management. (more…)

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Promotions Watch: Fan Appreciation Nights

With the baseball season winding down, teams around the minors are rewarding the support of their fans through Fan Appreciation Days. In the penultimate Promotions Watch of 2015, we round up some of the most notable entries around Minor League Baseball for this staple—which includes special autograph sessions, fireworks, giveaways, and even appreciation weekends. (more…)

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