Ballparks Around The World: The Newest of Them All, ABC Supply Stadium

In today's episode of "Ballparks Around The World," we pay attention to a brand new ballpark. It is even so brand new that it hasn't opened its doors yet. We are talking about ABC Supply Stadium, (near) future home of the Beloit Snappers. It can easily be said that ABC Supply Stadium saved baseball for …

MiLB Cities Trying to Scrape Together Money For Stadium Upgrades

The bullying of Minor League Baseball and minor league cities by MLB continues. A few weeks ago, it was announced that several minor league cities are forced to upgrade the local ballparks or their MiLB teams may lose their license. A city that is trying to find money to keep its minor league club is …

Another MLB/MiLB travesty, part 3

For the second day in a row, there is something to write about the disgusting way MLB and its clubs are treating minor league clubs and cities. In this case the Philadelphia Phillies are the wrongdoers. In the new contract with the Phillies, the city of Reading has obliged to take care of ballpark improvements …

Ballparks Around the World: Las Vegas Ballpark, Summerlin NV

In this episode of "Ballparks Around the World" we pay attention to one of the newest ballparks in AAA: Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin, Nevada, home of the Las Vegas Aviators. A view from the right field bleachers This episode comes rather quick after the previous one about Blacktown Baseball Stadium in Sydney, but yours …

New Ballpark Looming At The Horizon For Tennessee Smokies

After the Knoxville Smokies left Knoxville in 2000 to move into their current Smokies Ballpark, the city of Knoxville is now looking to get the team back with a brand new ballpark. The new ballpark is part of a Old Town Knoxville upgrade that is expected to cost $142 million. The new ballpark is projected …

New Ballpark Beloit Snappers Not Ready In Time

The new ballpark that saved the Beloit Snappers for affiliated baseball, will not be ready before the start of the High A season. So the Snappers will start the season at their old ballpark Pohlman Field. The Snappers were one of the 42 clubs that were on the chopping block when MLB first presented its …

Northwest League upped to High A, a good Thing?

With the realignment of Minor League Baseball, yours truly mostly sees a negative outcome. But is the promotion of the Northwest League to high A, a bad thing perse? Not really. Here is my take on the development. Northwest League promoted to High A Personally, I think the main challenge the Northwest League will deal …

MLB puts Fresno in the stocks

MLB showed its true colors, if it had not done that already, by putting Fresno in the stocks. According to the Fresno Bee, MLB has told the city of Fresno and the local (former) AAA team Grizzlies to accept a demotion to Low A or not having affiliated ball at all. Understandably, both the Grizzlies …

Staten Island Ballpark will receive a $5MM upgrade

After the New York Yankees abandoned their Short-A affiliate about a week and a half ago, Staten Island is looking for a spot in the Independent Atlantic League. With the help of the City of New York, they are trying to convince the league to adopt Staten Island as one of its franchises. But for …

Smokies exploring downtown ballpark

On their Instagram account, the Tennessee Smokies announced they will be looking for a new downtown ballpark. The lease of the current stadium is expiring in 2024, a good moment to look beyond the horizon according to the club. The current ballpark, Smokies Stadium, opened its doors in 2000. So by the time the lease …

Cracks in concrete of Woodpeckers’ ballpark

Less than a year after its opening, Segra Stadium, home to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (A-Advanced affiliate of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League) is already showing cracks in certain spots of the concrete. The ballpark opened on April 18, 2019. Even though experts claim that the cracks are not dangerous, it is pretty quick …

Tortugas Dodgerized for the occasion

In the past few years, you could read several posts about my aversion to minor league clubs adopting the identity of the parent club. Good examples are the Dodgers' and Braves' farm teams. But sometimes adoptions like that are inevitable.  On April 17, 18, and 19 the Daytona Tortugas will be Dodgerized for the occasion …

Buckwalter Stadium: A ballpark left to rot

I bumped into this Youtube video the other day. It is about the former ballpark in Meridian MS, Buckwalter Stadium.  The ballpark was built in the 1930s and after several runs of the Cotton States League, it was left alone as nature slowly took over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sy7NUlFGtY Professional baseball was played in Meridian since 1905 for …

Why Daytona should not be contracted

Recently MLB unfolded new plans to contract 42 minor league teams. The made-up reason by MLB is that many MiLB facilities do not live up to today's standards. One of those teams is the Daytona Tortugas, the A-Advanced affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. This is a plea why Daytona should NOT be contracted. First of …

County tries to buy out FireFrogs

Indeed this is stunning news. The measure was added to the consent agenda and briefly discussed and approved at Monday’s meeting. According to the Osceola News-Gazette, Osceola County has approved a measure that will pay the Florida FireFrogs $500,000 if the team will leave Osceola County Stadium after this season. If the team accepts the offer, …