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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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Joliet Slammers sale imminent

A sale of the Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League) is close to fruition, with changes to the Silver Cross Field memo of understanding expected to be approved Monday night by the city council. The city council doesn’t have a direct say in the sale of the Slammers, but does have an indirect one: if the […]

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Slammers hit bumps in second season

A sophomore slump can hit franchises, too, as the Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League) are seeing some setbacks at the gate and on the field. The team had a pretty good debut in 2011, drawing 2,311 fans a game and generating some genuine enthusiasm for the franchise after the old Joliet Jackhammers (independent; Northern League) […]

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The Week That Was: Dec. 5

It was a week of league shifts, ownership changes, new team names and crumbling ballparks in the baseball world. Here are the most popular stories of the past week on Ballpark Digest, as meausured by page views. New for 2012: Sugar Land Skeeters Bernie Robbins Stadium in state of disrepair Joliet to enter Frontier League […]

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Joliet bid to enter Frontier League under consideration

To understand the issues surrounding a pitch by Joliet officials to have a Frontier League team play at Silver Cross Field next season, there’s one important thing to remember: Peter Ferro isn’t actually selling the Northern League‘s JackHammers. He’s merely selling equipment and a ballpark lease. Everything will now make sense. The latest. We’re told […]

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