Stories Making Headline Around the Minor . . .
• Renovations on Double-A Connecticut’s Dodd Stadium are put on hold after the City of Norwich claims the team is late on several payments, including $350,000 in back rent. To make matters worse, the Defenders are having a tough time drawing fans, averaging just 1,868 through 16 games.
• Triple-A Harrisburg’s recent sale for $13.25 million has some wondering why Lackawanna County is not asking more than $13-$16 million in a proposed sale of Triple-A Scranton to SWB Yankees LLCâ€”a partnership between Mandalay Baseball Properties and the New York Yankees.
• I missed this one yesterday: The Charlotte City Council approved a land swap deal to build a new baseball stadium for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.
• Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas is thankful that the Devil Rays trip to Disney was a brief oneâ€”and in the same column he calls out Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi for calling the three-game series against the Rangers a hit. Thomas says the Devil Rays “cannot be saved” and that the team’s players are “pathetic.”
So much for having young talent.
Meanwhile, Marc Topkin blogs that the D-Rays are calling the Disney experiment a successful trip.
• Upgrades to Visalia’s Recreation Park, increased staff and a certain prospect named Justin Upton–who has since left for Double-A–have the Oaks enjoying their best turnout in years.
• Fort Myers is getting ready for Clemens’ arrival tonight, including Miracle leadoff hitter Steve Tolleson, whose father Wayne faced Clemens during his big league career.
• Triple-A Portland’s well-publicized “Bob L Head” campaignâ€”in which they search for a real person named Bob L Head to have a bobblehead doll made in his likenessâ€”is down to three finalists. Voting is being done on the Beavers’ Website.
• Not a business related story, but a touching, well-written one about how baseball has helped a couple cope with the death of their 4-year-old son.
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