The headline says it all! Great thing to do by the Kansas City Royals.
The graphics really help to understand.
Here is a blog about Sugar Land, a city in Texas which is in the process of building a $27.9 million MiLB stadium. This section of the blog contains a timeline of developments, beginning with the February, 2010 press release through choosing a baseball partner, selecting the site and progress of construction.
The latest news? “The ceremonial installation of home plate at the future site of StarTex Power Field marked an historic milestone for professional baseball in Sugar Land”! How exciting it would be to be a resident of this town, beginning with the project as an idea and seeing it through to your seat behind third base!
This article contains lots of great information on minor league baseball even though it also speaks to North Carolina specifically. I’ve listed some interesting facts and quotes here:
• MiLB outdraws the NFL, NBA and NHL in attendance, with nearly as many as the NHL and NBA combined.
• More than 4 in 10 fans are women, nearly 7 in 10 are in the prime 18-44 age group, half have children at home, and nearly 8 in 10 are homeowners.
• Attendance has swelled from 12.3 million in 1980 to more than 43 million last season (2007).
Pat O’Conner, President and CEO of Minor League Baseball, says “Minor League Baseball plays a significant role in a community’s quality of life and economic vibrancy. The people, business corporations, and fans… understand the role and importance of Minor League Baseball and we value our place in their lives.”
Howie Kendrick has established himself as the Angels’ second-baseman in his 6th year of the major leagues after ascending through the Angels’ minor league. He says that he had to learn to be that way when he started with everyone expecting big things from him after winning big titles for himself in the minors, arriving at the majors in 2006, then going back to the minors on rehab assignments. But look at that smile now…
Auction! Item from favorite team to win World Series! Baseball signed by all-time best pitchers in baseball, the Phillies’ Four Aces! Get in it to win it!
We interrupt this broadcast about Minor League Baseball in Phoenixville to talk a little bit about an exciting development for the Phillies this year. In March, the New York Times ran a very detailed piece about a collection of starting pitchers called the Four Aces, which the author says may be the “best-ever four-man rotation in baseball”:
“No team in baseball today has a greater number of successful deceptive pitchers than the Philadelphia Phillies. They have brought together four of the best starting pitchers in the game: Roy (Doc) Halladay, a 33-year-old two–time Cy Young Award winner; Cliff Lee, 32, and also a Cy Young winner; Roy Oswalt, 33, with 150 career wins; and the 27-year-old Cole Hamels, a World Series hero three years ago. Before they have even thrown one pitch for the same team, they are being hailed as the best four-man rotation in baseball, maybe the best ever. They are being compared with the great staffs in baseball history: the New York Yankees in the 1930s; the Cleveland Indians in 1954; the Orioles with their four 20-game winners in 1971; and the Atlanta Braves in the 1990s. As soon as Lee rejoined the team last December, the Phillies immediately became everyone’s favorite to win this year’s World Series. And necessity may push those expectations even higher now that the Phillies are dealing with injuries, most worryingly to their star second baseman and No. 3 hitter, Chase Utley, and must rely even more on their pitching.”
Here is your chance to own a ball signed by these four pitchers, pitching for everyone’s favorite team to win the world World Series this season! You can also support the Frankford Friend’s School’s new building in Philadelphia, PA!
This is an informative article on the low cost and high entertainment value of minor league baseball. Note the seventh and eighth paragraphs which I’ve quoted below:
“Nine of our last 10 highest attendance figures have been in the last 10 years,” said Minor League Baseball representative Steve Densa. More than 41 million fans attended a minor league game last season, up from 38.8 million in 2001.
And while the tough economy has hurt many businesses, some believe it’s actually helped the minors. One team in Trenton, N.J., has experienced one of the highest attendance growths, putting more than 8,000 fans in their stadium on a regular basis.”
Auction – Autographed 2011 Phillies Baseball signed by Four Aces! Benefits Frankford Friends’ School
From the auction’s writeup:
“Every Phillies fan knows that the Phillies’ 2011 pitching lineup of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, also known as ‘the Four Aces,’ is one of the strongest in the history of the sport! Fewer fans know that Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., attended Frankford Friends School in NE Philly, or that his mom, Senora Amaro-Perez, still teaches Spanish there! All proceeds from the sale of the baseball will go to help the school build a new Middle School Building. Comes with an original letter on Phillies letterhead signed by Ruben Amaro, Jr., attesting to its authenticity.”
“As President of the United States, Reagan used to the bully pulpit to advance his fondness for baseball.”