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Mike Feder joins Diamondbacks

Nice hire: The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired as their Coordinator of Southern Arizona Special Projects Mike Feder, former GM of the Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and more. “We have been looking to expand our presence throughout Southern Arizona and the opportunity to add Mike to the organization was a great way for […]

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Can Tucson bring back pro baseball?

With the impending departure of the Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), local officials are debating what can be done to bring back minor-league baseball or spring training to the city. Current T-Padres GM Mike Feder is optimistic about a possible return of Minor League Baseball to Tucson: “The only way of getting baseball […]

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Smock first commissioner of AWBL

The folks at the American West Baseball League are moving fast, naming Sean Smock as the independent circuit’s first commissioner. Smock is a veteran of the Golden Baseball League, one of the predecessors to the North American League and where the AWBL owners have roots. Smock first worked for the Tucson Sidewinders (Class AAA; Pacific […]

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Hi Corbett Field / Arizona Wildcats

A venerable and historic baseball facility gets yet another new lease on life, as Tucson’s Hi Corbett Field — home to MLB spring training for decades — will be the home of the Arizona Wildcats beginning with the 2012 collegiate season. FAST FACTS Capacity: 9,500 Year Opened: 1937; renovated in 1992, 1997 and 1999 Dimensions: […]

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Golden Baseball League

The Golden Baseball League launched on the West Coast and Arizona with a unique business model: teams would begin play after the college-baseball season and in most cases play in college ballparks. That plan was augmented with the addition of Canadian and other Western teams before the league became part of the North American League […]

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The Week That Was: July 24

More fireworks from the independent North American League, possible ballpark changes in Tucson and debates over the future of Tropicana Field highlighted the most popular stories of the past week on Ballpark Digest, as measured by page views. Fielders’ Zaman quits on the air Tucson revoking Toros lease for Hi Corbett; Wildcats, T-Padres to follow? […]

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