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Shanahan steps down from BayBears

Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League) President Bill Shanahan, who has been with the team since its inception, has stepped down and will move with his family to South Carolina. Shanahan began his career in Minor League Baseball in 1984 and has thirty years of professional sports ownership, management, sales and operations experience. Shanahan has […]

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Mayor: I’ll bring MiLB back to Columbia

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says he plans to begin discussions with Minor League Baseball this fall to bring a team back to the South Carolina city. We’ve reported on some preliminary talks between the city and MiLB facilitated by the Columbia Blowfish (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League) ownership, which also owns the Mobile BayBears (Class […]

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Will pro baseball return to Columbia?

From yesterday’s Ballpark Digest newsletter: with the Columbia Blowfish (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League) season over and Cap City Stadium sold, the future of baseball there is in serious flux. UPDATED! By all measures, Columbia (S.C.) should be a pretty good market for Minor League Baseball: the city has a population of 129,272 and sits in the middle […]

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Blowfish prevail in last game at Cap City Stadium

It was finally the end of an era: the Columbia Blowfish defeated the Fayetteville SwampDogs in the last game ever at historic Capital City Stadium, in the championship round of the Coastal Plain League playoffs. The historic ballpark, built by Hall of Famer Barney Dreyfuss in 1945 as a home for one of his Pittsburgh Pirates farm teams, served as the […]

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