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Thursday, March 19, 2015

What’s A Yard Goat? It’s A Baseball Team Coming To Hartford

At least its not the Yard Goatse.

The team held a “Name the Team” contest that drew close to 6,000 submissions. Two weeks ago, the team announced a list of 10 options that was cut to five a week later.

After much chatter both locally and nationally, the team’s naming committee — owner Josh Solomon, general manager Tim Restall, consultant Chuck Domino and a California sports branding and marketing company — picked the name that ignited the most buzz, much of it mocking.

So the franchise once known as the Bristol Red Sox is now … the Hartford Yard Goats.

People in the YMCA gymnasium saw two live goats, hedgehogs, toy helicopters and a rain of confetti after the announcement. The goats were brought onto the stage, but they nervously strayed to the side.

Get used to seeing goats. Although the name Yard Goats is technically an old railroad slang term for an engine that switches a train to get it ready for another locomotive, the animal angle lends itself to logos and merchandise. Hartford’s stadium could have a petting zoo, at least on some nights.

“When you think of a name, it’s about what you can market and what appeals to kids,” Restall said. “We can do a lot with this name.”

 


Thursday, March 12, 2015

St. Petersburg announces 1,800-seat baseball stadium at Walter Fuller complex | Tampa Bay Times

Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans Wednesday to build an 1,800-seat stadium at the Walter Fuller baseball complex in western part of the city.

But he said he didn’t know how much it would cost to build or when construction would start.

“We don’t have an idea yet. We are working on finalizing those numbers,” Kriseman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadiums

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lucchino, Henry look to create ‘model Triple-A franchise’ - providencejournal.com

I call “bullshit”. Money is the reason the Red Sox ownership bought into its AAA franchise. That’s what the plan to move the team to Providence is about. It’s about putting in luxury boxes, increased concessions, and taking advantage of a desired *free* grant of land in Providence.

We knew that there was a distinct possibility of a sale, and there were no guarantees as to where that sale might go or who might acquire the team,” explained Red Sox team president Larry Lucchino. “So almost as a defensive maneuver, we got involved.”

Two years later, Lucchino can add PawSox chairman to his list of titles. He is one of three Red Sox partners who now own a stake in the Pawtucket Red Sox. Fenway Sports Management, a subsidiary of Henry and Tom Werner’s Fenway Sports Group, also owns a stake.

“The Red Sox have an actual stake, as well as Red Sox partners,” said Henry on Tuesday. “It’s a great partnership. There’s been a partnership long before we came into the picture.

“I think the people involved, everyone is really passionate about what the PawSox could become and should be. They should be a model Triple-A franchise. These are the right people. We were very happy and excited.”

The Red Sox had taken steps to solidify their minor-league system in the past. In 2007, with the High-A affiliate playing in faraway Lancaster of the California League, Fenway Sports Group purchased the Salem Avalanche of the Carolina League. By 2009, they were the Salem Red Sox.

“One of the important pieces in the puzzle that is a big-league team is the quality of the farm system and the facilities that are available in the farm system,” Lucchino said. “We think we can take our Triple-A affiliation to new levels of success and appeal and attractiveness, so we got involved in it from that point of view.”

When Lucchino talks about “new levels,” he’s referring in large part to a move to downtown Providence. His specific role with the Triple-A club will concentrate on a new ballpark; Lucchino has been instrumental in the construction of Camden Yards in Baltimore and Petco Park in San Diego, as well as the renovation of Fenway Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2015 at 09:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball

In Pawtucket, Angst and Anger Over New Owners’ Plans to Move Beloved PawSox - Boston.com

I am not looking forward to seeing the team move out of Pawtucket. The stadium isn’t fancy but watching the Pawsox at McCoy Stadium is what minor league baseball should be.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball

Friday, February 06, 2015

Brooklyn Cyclones minor leaguers to wear ‘Saved By The Bell’ jerseys

What is going on here????

The minor-league team that brought us “Seinfeld Night” is back with another re-run idea in 2015. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets Class A affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League, will wear jerseys inspired by “Saved By The Bell” in the coming season. The threads are part of a tribute night scheduled for June 24.

And here the jersey is:


Monday, January 12, 2015

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?

After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice throughout baseball within five years.
What else?

New director of player personnel Gabe Kapler said the added coach helps ensure at least one Spanish-speaking staff member on every affiliate.

This, too, is a move that seems so obvious - yet it’s 2015 and the Dodgers are making news by doing it.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 MiLBYs | MiLB.com

It’s the MiLBYs!

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry.Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, minor league baseball

 

 

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