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Futures League sets attendance record

Futures League sets attendance record

Good news for the summer-collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League: with the addition of a tenth t...

A baseball lifer: Matt Ellis

A baseball lifer: Matt Ellis

One of the best things about working in the baseball industry: hearing about baseball lifers. Here's...

Ten tossed after Aces/Isotopes brawl

Ten tossed after Aces/Isotopes brawl

It was an epic baseball brawl in the Pacific Coast League, with nine players and Aces manager Phil Nevin tos...

Winning, conciliatory moves bring back Athletics fans

Winning, conciliatory moves bring back Athletics fans

The best record in baseball and a recommitment to Oakland are generating dividends for the Oakland Athlet...

Pelicans GM to undergo in-game prostate exam while singing

Pelicans GM to undergo in-game prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

That headline really wrote itself: Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High Class A; Carolina League) GM Andy Milovi...

Ten tossed after Aces/Isotopes brawl

Ten tossed after Aces/Isotopes brawl

It was an epic baseball brawl in the Pacific Coast League, with nine players and Aces manager Phil Nevin tossed after a benches-clearing incident between Reno and the Albuquerque Isotopes Saturday night.

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After offseason fire, Fifth Third Ballpark shines at Midwest League ASG

After offseason fire, Fifth Third Ballpark shines at Midwest League ASG

Tuesday night’s Midwest League All-Star Classic was more than a showcase of baseball talent. It was a celebration of a remarkable effort by the West Michigan Whitecaps to rebuild a ballpark heavily damage...

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A sneek peak at Charlotte's new ballpark

A sneek peak at Charlotte's new ballpark

It's a new era in North Carolina baseball as the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League) open a new Uptown ballpark tonight. Our Mark Cryan was on hand yesterday for a sneak preview.

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Dunedin focuses on new Blue Jays spring training site

Dunedin focuses on new Blue Jays spring training site

Dunedin (Fla.) officials have identified a potential site for a new Toronto Blue Jays spring training site, but the hard work -- like acquiring the land and funding -- remain.

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Tigers, Lakeland agree on spring training lease extension

Tigers, Lakeland agree on spring training lease extension

The city of Lakeland and the Detroit Tigers reached an agreement on a lease extension, committing the pair to Tiger Town and Joker Marchant Stadium upgrades , while keeping the team in central Florida through...

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Baseball's ultimate party deck, at Coors Field

Baseball's ultimate party deck, at Coors Field

It wasn't that long ago when the Colorado Rockies shut down the right-field upper deck at Coors Field because of a lack of fan interest. Now, it's the hottest place in the ballpark -- and a model for other...

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Boomers eschew social media -- for one-night promo

Boomers eschew social media -- for one-night promo

The Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League), who do a pretty good job with social media, are eschewing the technology for an upcoming Human Interaction Night on Saturday, July 26.

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Replacements to make hometown return at Midway Stadium

Replacements to make hometown return at Midway Stadium

This may be more about our youth than yours, but this is still big news: The Replacements will be playing their first hometown gig since 1991, when the band headlines this summer at Midway Stadium.

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Bosse Field / Evansville Otters

Bosse Field / Evansville Otters

It is one of the oldest ballparks still hosting baseball, a historic venue that still feels much as it did during its June 17, 1915 opening. Welcome to Evansville's Bosse Field.

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Futures League sets attendance record

Futures League sets attendance record

Good news for the summer-collegiate Futures Collegiate Baseball League: with the addition of a tenth team, the circuit has already set a total attendance record with two weeks to go in the season.

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Big day for Big Top Baseball

Big day for Big Top Baseball

Here's an interesting stat for you: The Madison Mallards, Kenosha Kingfish, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and Green Bay Bullfrogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) all hosted home games last Saturday nigh...

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Simmons Field / Kenosha Kingfish

Simmons Field / Kenosha Kingfish

This, friends, is why summer-collegiate leagues exist: to provide new life to old ballparks – evidenced by the makeover of Simmons Field, home of the Northwoods League’s Kenosha Kingfish.

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A baseball lifer: Matt Ellis

A baseball lifer: Matt Ellis

One of the best things about working in the baseball industry: hearing about baseball lifers. Here's an interview with baseball lifer Matt Ellis, executive VP of the Missoula Osprey (rookie; Pioneer Leagu...

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New ballpark on Dubuque's radar

New ballpark on Dubuque's radar

A long-term development plan for Dubuque's Chaplain Schmitt Island includes a new ballpark on city-owned land, but city officials say there are no firm plans for a new facility or team at this time.

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Astrodome demolition proposed by Texans, rodeo

Astrodome demolition proposed by Texans, rodeo

The Houston Astrodome would be torn down to make way for green space and a unique park under a proposal from the NFL's Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo .

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