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 …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: T

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained.  This time the letter: T Tacoma …

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 …

Tennessee Smokies offer small consolation to those affected by government shutdown

Those who are affected by the shutdown of the government will receive Opening Day tickets by the Tennessee Smokies.  The club announced this today. Opening Night for the Smokies (AA, Southern League, Chicago Cubs) is scheduled for April 4 when they will host the Mississippi Braves. If somebody has been affected by the current Government …

Why are some MiLB teams so eager to lose their own identity?

In the fifties, sixties, and seventies it was a common thing to name a minor league club after the parent club. Slowly things changed and nowadays most of the minor league clubs have a moniker other than the parent club. But since the start of the 2010s, there is an ongoing trend. A trend regarding …

Montgomery Biscuits are play off bound

On Monday August 31, the Montgomery Biscuits clinched the North division of the Southern League. After a  2-0 win over the Mobile BayBears, the Birmingham Barons were eliminated from contention. Right now the Barons have even been overtaken by the Tennessee Smokies. The regular season will last another four games in which the Biscuits will …

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