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The Week That Was: July 29

The sad demise of the London Rippers, ballpark changes for 2013 and potential ballpark deals in Hagerstown and Oakland. The most popular stories on Ballpark Digest this past week, as measured by page views. Developer: I can build new A’s ballpark with private financing Rippers pull out of Frontier League; to be replaced by road […]

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Rippers pull out of Frontier League; to be replaced by road team

Facing financial problems, the London Rippers (independent; Frontier League) ownership is withdrawing its membership in the circuit as of midnight tonight, replaced by the Road Warriors, with any home games moving to the opponent’s ballpark. The word comes from league officials, who have been presented with a steady deterioration in the team’s finances, a deterioration […]

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Bringing the wild back to Wild Things

The Washington Wild Things (independent; Frontier League) was once a flagship franchise, but new owner Stuart Williams is spending his time trying to bring the team back from a slump at the box office. Washington used to lead the Frontier League in attendance, but these days the team is next-to-last at 1,595 fans a game, behind […]

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No beer for Rippers fans; owner seeks unique solution

Lacking approval to sell beer at Labatt Park, the owner of the London Rippers (independent; Frontier League) has an unusual solution: he challenged the license owner to a winner-take-all playoff. The London Majors, a semi-pro team in the Intercounty Baseball League, hold the liquor license for the ballpark. Since law dictates that only one liquor license […]

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New for 2012: London Rippers

Perhaps it’s not a great idea to name a team after a serial killer, as the new London Rippers (independent; Frontier League) moniker is causing a stir in Ontario. Team president and general manager David Martin unveiled the name and logo last night, as the team preps for play in 2012 at historic Labatt Park. […]

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