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Nats sign two-year deal with Clippers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:00
Columbus ClippersThe Washington Nationals today announced that they have signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Columbus Clippers of the Triple-A International League. Nationals President Stan Kasten made the announcement.

"We are very excited to be affiliating with the Columbus Clippers," said Kasten. "The Clippers' long-standing history as one of the best Triple-A operations in the country, together with the City of Columbus' reputation as one of America's finest cities, makes Ohio's capital city a perfect partner for our team from the nation's capitol. The Clippers now become the key players in our new program which focuses on a reinvigorated player development system."

The Columbus Clippers entered the International League in 1955 and currently play in 15,000-seat Cooper Stadium, which is named after former International League Commissioner Harold M. Cooper, the instrumental figure in landing Columbus' IL franchise in 1955. The Clippers currently reside in the International League's four-team West Division along with Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo.

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Nats Announce 4-year extension w/Potomac Nationals PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 September 2006 10:10

Potomac NatsNATIONALS ANNOUNCE FOUR-YEAR EXTENSION TO WORKING AGREEMENT WITH POTOMAC OF SINGLE-A CAROLINA LEAGUE

The Washington Nationals today announced that they have signed a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract with the Potomac Nationals of the Single-A Carolina League.  Nationals President Stan Kasten made the announcement.

“We are excited to extend our working relationship with the Potomac Nationals for four more years,” said Kasten. “The proximity of their facility to Washington has been a great asset to our organization as it pertains to players on rehabilitation assignments and for workouts.  We have enjoyed a great relationship with the Potomac ownership and are looking forward to working together in the future.”

Potomac joined the Carolina League in 1978 and currently play in 6,000-seat Pfitzner Stadium, which is located 30 miles from Washington .  Potomac began its affiliation with Washington in 2005.

 
Investors Offer $21 Million in Bonds - Tied to Ballpark PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 September 2006 05:36

Investors made purchase offers for $21 million in retail bonds that are ties to the construction of a new ballpark facility in Springdale, Arkansas. This figure met the target set by Springdale's advisors.

Private and institutional investors were given Monday and today to make offers for $ 124. 3 million worth of bonds, including about $ 50 million for a baseball stadium and infrastructure and $ 75 million remaining from the $ 105 million street improvement project voters approved in 2003.

The Springdale City Council is scheduled to consider approving the bond sales during a special meeting at 6 p. m. Thursday. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

 
Yankees might drop affiliation with Clippers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 September 2006 13:19

YankeesThe NY Yankees may drop their 28-year affiliation with the AAA Columbus Clippers. Today, the Yankees informed the Clippers of their intention to end the relationship. As the AP reports (Yankees might drop Columbus as top minor league affiliate):

"While we have enjoyed working with the New York Yankees, we also understand that baseball is a business and the Yankees have every right to explore new relationships that may be better suited for the goals of their organization," Ken Schnacke, president and general manager of the Clippers, said in a statement.

The Clippers said their board of trustees voted to begin negotiations for an affiliation with another club. The Clippers have until Sept. 30 to sign a new deal.

The New York Mets, Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles do not have an affiliate. The Philadelphia Phillies have spoken to Ottawa about making the Lynx their top farm club next season.

 Mr. Schnacke is quoted as saying the Clippers will be back in Columbus next year, regardless of the affiliation.

In related news, it may be that Orioles might like to make their home in Columbus, although there is certainly speculation based on an interview he gave on Pressbox

 
Quakes hire new VP/GM PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 September 2006 12:00
QuakesMatt Blankenheim has been hired as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Vice President of Operations and Assistant General Manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Blankenheim joins Rancho Cucamonga following a two-year stint with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League.

"I'm very excited to join the staff and I'm looking forward to helping continue the success the Quakes have achieved throughout the years," Blankenheim said. "I truly appreciate this opportunity to advance and continue to learn the business of professional baseball."

A native of Pine Grove, Blankenheim graduated from the University of California-Davis in 2004 with a degree in communications. He led the Aggies with a .359 batting average as a senior and began his executive career as a public relations intern with the Sacramento River Cats that summer. He joined the Grizzlies in December of 2004 as the public relations director before being named event operations director prior to the 2006 season. While in Fresno Blankenheim oversaw production of the club's media guide and also managed the game day staff.

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Phillies AAA Club breaks ground for new stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 September 2006 03:31

 Philadelphia Phillies President David Montgomery, General Manager Pat Gillick and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski were among those manning the shovels yesterday morning to break ground on a new $34 million, 7000 seat facility that will be the new home for the Phillies Triple-A club that is now Scranton - Wilkes Barre Red Barons.

The Phillies' agreement to send Triple-A prospects to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will be over at the end of this season.

The new facility is scheduled to be open in 2008 

 
River Cats take attendance crown PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 September 2006 12:00

River Cats For the seventh consecutive season, the Sacramento River Cats and Raley Field have led the Pacific Coast League and all of Minor League Baseball's domestic clubs in attendance, team officials announced Tuesday.

The team drew 728,227 fans in 71 openings in 2006 (10,257 per night). The Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the PCL) were second with 692,426 fans at an average of 9,752 per night (71 openings).

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Huntsville Stars & Brewers agree to extension PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2006 16:37
Huntsville StarsThe Southern League's Huntsville Stars announced Friday that the club has agreed to a two-year Player Development Contract extension with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers also announced the extension of player development contracts with two of the club's other Minor League affiliates. Class-A Brevard County Manatees signed a four-year extension running through Sept. 30, 2010 and the Brewers Rookie affiliate, the Helena Brewers, signed a two-year extension running through Sept. 30, 2008.

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Portland to remain Padres AAA Affiliate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 August 2006 06:25
Portland BeaversThe Portland Beavers will remain the top farm club of the San Diego Padres for at least another two seasons.

The teams on Wednesday announced an extension of their player development contract through the 2008 season. Portland has been San Diego's Triple-A affiliate since returning to the Pacific Coast League before the 2001 season — the last minor league stop for Jason Bay, Josh Barfield, Khalil Greene and other current major leaguers. (The Oregonian - 8/31 )
 
Indians seek sales exec PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 August 2006 13:09

The Indianapolis Indians are currently seeking a sponsorship sales account executive. The selected individual will be responsible for the development of corporate marketing partnerships integrating broadcast, signage, promotions, internet advertising, hospitality, tickets and all other marketing resources.

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TRISTAR, MiLB announce deal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 August 2006 12:43
Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP), licensing agent for Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and its member Clubs, and TRISTAR Productions Inc., one of the premier producer's of sports collectibles and memorabilia, have reached a multi-year exclusive licensing agreement making TRISTAR the only trading card manufacturer licensed by MLBP to produce nationally-distributed trading cards of top draft picks and prospects within Minor League Baseball.

This new agreement, which introduces TRISTAR into the revamped Minor League Baseball trading card market, designates TRISTAR as the exclusive MLBP national trading card licensee with national distribution rights to produce the first professional base set cards of amateur players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as well as prospects signed as undrafted free agents.

The first TRISTAR Minor League Baseball card set titled TRISTAR Prospects Plus will debut in the fall of 2006 and will include the first pro baseball trading cards of players selected in the June 2006 MLB First- Year Draft. This set will also mark the introduction of Minor League Baseball's "Pro Debut" first-card identification program. The "Pro Debut" logo will identify a MiLB player's first professional baseball trading card with his first MiLB team.

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