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American Association lands Schaumburg

In a surprising upset, the independent American Association lands the lease for Schaumburg‘s Alexian Field, despite not promising to field a team there for the 2011 season; Alan Oremus will own the team. Other leagues had made proposals for the lease, including the independent North American League and at least three groups with ties to […]

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The Week That Was: Feb. 27

Spring training was the big news of the week in the baseball world, whether it was news about potential new venues, the opening of practices, or visits to familiar haunts. The most popular stories on Ballpark Digest for the past week, as measured by page views. Nats, Astros eying new Osceola County spring-training complex Tempe […]

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Schaumburg quietly invites leagues to pitch for Alexian Field lease

Preparing for the possibility that a sale of the Schaumburg Flyers (independent; North American League) may not close by tomorrow, Village of Schaumburg officials have invited reps from independent leagues to make pitches next week for the Alexian Field lease in 2011. We’re told by sources close to the Village that the American Association and […]

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Flyers tax woes date back to August

The Schaumburg Flyers (independent; North American League) have been operating without an Illinois business license since August 25, 2010, a situation that caused the state to shutter the team’s doors at Alexian Field. It’s been dubbed a “misunderstanding” by Flyers owner Rich Ehrenreich, who says the state has been paid but the payments were made […]

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The Week That Was: Jan. 23

Construction news, indy-ball intrigue, and potential changes in spring-training locations. It was an eventful week in baseball. Here are the most popular stories on Ballpark Digest the past week, as measured by page views. Barton Malow, Linbeck land design/build contract for new Sugar Land ballpark Could Cards, Marlins leave Treasure Coast? For lease: Billy Hebert […]

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First NAL schedule released

The Lake County Fielders (independent; North American League) have posted a schedule for the 2011 season — and as you might expect, it’s heavy with games against Schaumburg and Rockford. Really heavy. In fact, the schedule has the Fielders taking on the Schaumburg Flyers six times in June, 15 times in July (more than half […]

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