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Mets/Einhorn deal collapses

David Einhorn’s bid to buy a minority share of the New York Mets has fallen through, leaving the team to beat the bushes for other limited investors. The official word is that the Mets ownership, which could owe upwards of a billion dollars as a result of investments with swindler Bernie Madoff, can cover this […]

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SIB buys Grand Prairie Airhogs

Southern Independent Baseball (SIB), which already owns two American Association teams, finally breaks into the greater Dallas–Fort Worth market with the acquisition of the Grand Prairie Airhogs (independent; American Association). SIB already owns the Shreveport-Bossier Captains and the Amarillo Sox. The group is based in Dallas and had previously worked to bring a team to […]

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Padres: Leaving Bevos permanently in Tucson is option

With the electoral landscape and support for total public funding of a new Escondido ballpark altered after Tuesday’s elections, reps from the San Diego Padres say buying the Portland Beavers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and leaving them permanently in Tucson is definitely on the agenda. The dynamics of Escondido politics changed Tuesday when ballpark […]

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Squabbling could derail new SWB Yankees ballpark

A spat between Luzerne and Lackawanna counties over the proceeds of the sale of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Class AAA; International League) could imperil $20 million in state money already earmarked for a new ballpark, according to Penn. Gov. Ed Rendell. We’re talking a pretty serious split here: Luzerne County has already filed suit to prevent […]

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Mandalay officially takes control of OKC RedHawks

Mandalay Baseball Properties will hold a press conference today to formally announce it has closed on the purchase of the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). The purchase, as first reported on Ballpark Digest, gives Mandalay ownership of four minor-league teams and management deals with three more. (We’re not counting the Hagerstown Suns […]

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Pols: Let’s not fix up PNC Field — or sell team to Mandalay, either

If Mandalay Baseball and the New York Yankees want to see improvements to PNC Field, they’ll need to fund them, according to several Lackawanna County Commissioners, who don’t want to see the pair exercise an option to buy the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Yes, it’s an inconsistent stand, but the rhetoric is certainly placing the future of […]

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