A look at today's news from around the world of baseball.
* The race is on to complete ballpark renovations in Great Falls before the start of the short-season Pioneer League in June. The final steps of a $1.5 million project include adding berm seating, converting team offices into field-boxes and adding a play area.
* Controversy over the bidding process of Triple-A Tacoma's Cheney Stadium continues to slow the renovation process. The local city council is supposed to vote tomorrow on awarding a contract for the $30 million renovation amid claims from a rival company that it came in with a cheaper bid.
* Does Topps' deal to be the exclusive producer of MLB, MILB and Team USA baseball cards signal the end is near for Upper Deck? The company recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against by MLB Properties. According to a story in the Bristol Press, Upper Deck agreed not to "alter MLB trademarks on photos in future products — essentially meaning it cannot use pictures of players in MLB uniforms and airbrush or otherwise digitally alter the images to remove team logos, as has been done in many non-MLB Properties card sets in the past."
* It's two years later, and spring training still doesn't seem right without the Dodgers in Vero.
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