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Pat Salvi profiled in Chicago Lawyer

No great profundities on our part, just some friendly advice: Team owner Pat Salvi was profiled in the latest issue of Chicago Lawyer, and it’s worth a read. Salvi owns the Gary-Southshore RailCats (independent; American Association), Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League) and North Shore Navigators (summer collegiate; Futures League). Besides being a very good team […]

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U.S Steel extends RailCats naming-rights deal

Some continuity here: U.S. Steel and the Gary SouthShore RailCats (independent; American Association) announced a new 10-year naming-rights agreement, keeping U.S. Steel Yard the name of the RailCats’ home stadium through the 2022 season. U.S. Steel has held the naming rights to the ballpark since it opened in the 2003 season. The original 10-year contract […]

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Laven joins Salvi Sports

Pete Laven, of late the GM of the Arkansas Travelers (Class AA; Texas League), is joining Chicago-based Salvi Sports Enterprises as president. Laven was relieved of his duties at the end of the 2012 season, replaced by Paul Allen. He joins the sports organization formed by attorney Pat Salvi, which currently includes two pro teams […]

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NCAA baseball tourney field announced

The 64-team field for the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tourney has been unveiled, with play scheduled to begin this Friday. The national top eight seeds are Florida (42-18), UCLA (42-14), Florida State (43-15), Baylor (44-14), Oregon (42-17), North Carolina (44-14), LSU (43-16) and South Carolina (40-17). All eight seeds will be hosting first-round […]

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The Week That Was: May 27

Success in Pensacola, Dodger Stadium problems, fence dimensions and affiliated ball in Ottawa: The most popular stories of the past week on Ballpark Digest, as measured by page views. Blue Wahoos: Success means ballpark upgrades Freedom Baseball League begins play New Astros uniforms: Bring back the orange! Charges dropped in Dodger Stadium beating Marlins: No […]

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Northern League lives on — in court

The independent Northern League may be no more, but it lives on in a Cook County courtroom in the form of a lawsuit against the circuit’s former law firm. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that the league’s original law firm, Chicago-based Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus & Farkas, failed to adequately draft a […]

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Kobayashi to make appearances in Schaumburg, Gary

Competitive-eating legend Takeru Kobayashi will once again take on the locals at ballparks this season, appearing at Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League) and Gary SouthShore RailCats (independent; American Association) games. Kobayashi is a legend in the competitive-eating world, winning six straight Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest titles and holding the unofficial world record for […]

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Salvi buys North Shore Navigators, shifts team to FCBL

Pat Salvi, owner of two independent-league teams, added the summer-collegiate North Shore Navigators to his portfolio and is switching from the NECBL to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The Navigators play out of historic Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass., a WPA ballpark formerly housing Eastern League and independent baseball. The team will be owned by […]

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