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Friday, January 22, 2016

PCL president admonishes LVCVA over crumbling Cashman Field | Las Vegas Review-Journal

You would think Vegas would know a suckers bet.

Eventually, the city leaders there would build a new ballpark where the old one had been. Albuquerque got its team back when the new owners in Calgary decided to play where it was warmer, in a new ballpark that had a climate-controlled batting cage and plenty of restrooms for spectators on Fireworks Night.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium financing, stadium renovations

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LOOK: The fences are being shortened at Marlins Park - CBSSports.com

Earlier this offseason the Marlins announced they will both lower and move in the fences at Marlins Park in an effort to make the park more hitter friendly. The dimensions down the lines will remain the same, but the walls will be brought in in the power alleys and center field.

Also, the fences will be lowered substantially in some places. The old walls ranged from 11 1/2 feet to 13 feet high. With the new layout, some fences will be as low as 5 1/2 feet. Here’s an update of the construction, via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, stadium renovations

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Richmond Should Rebuild Ballpark, Build Train Station

Just a free-for-all of ideas from a tranny. If you like baseball and trains, you’ll LOVE this thinkpiecebrainstormgonemad.

Finally, there is the baseball ballpark itself. I have always urged that baseball continue to be located there. In 2006, in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, I wrote that “the Braves — or any other professional baseball franchise — should stay right at The Diamond. It doesn’t matter whether it is a new or renovated stadium. The current location is perfect if one looks beyond the limits of a single baseball team and a single-use stadium.”

Another record-setting attendance this past year of 417,828 fans, first in the Flying Squirrels league, should not be ignored. The people from RVA love that site because it is so easy to get to and they will continue to come to all of its sports and entertainment venues.

And now the suggestion of a renovated baseball Diamond, built to the specifications of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, makes that a more realistic option. The recent release of the Save The Diamond Committee plans for the renovation of the ballpark and the 50 acres of city-owned land around it is a starting point for a complete rethink of a major development project for RVA.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: January 12, 2016 at 11:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, richmond, stadium renovations

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Jackson’s Janet Marie Smith a true baseball hero

In 2012, Smith accepted the position of senior vice president for planning and development with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position she holds today. And once again she’s working for Kasten, president and part owner of the Dodgers. He called Smith “my best off-season acquisition.”

“I’ve worked for four teams but was hired by two people — Larry Lucchino and Stan Kasten,” she says. “Like I said, there has been a lot of luck involved.”

As the old saying goes, luck occurs when preparation meets opportunity.

In his book “A Nice Little Place on the North Side,” saluting the Cubs’ Wrigley Field turning 100 in 2014, author and baseball historian George Will writes, “The three most important things that have happened in baseball since the second World War was Jackie Robinson taking the field in Brooklyn in 1947, free agency arriving in 1975 and Oriole Park at Camden Yards opening in 1992 … Major League Baseball owes a debt to a willowy woman from Mississippi. To those who said, ‘You can’t turn back the clock,’ Janet Marie Smith said, ‘Well, we’ll just see about that.’ ”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium renovations, stadiums

 

 

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