Batting Around: Amarillo breaks ballpark ground

Texas League entity prepares for 2019 as others look toward 2020

A stadium groundbreaking took place in Amarillo, Texas, in early February. The ballpark will house a Double-A Texas League club.

By Benjamin Hill | February 7, 2018 12:33 PM ET

A stadium groundbreaking was staged in Amarillo, Texas, in advance of a 2019 opening. Ben Hill covers that event and much more Minor League ballpark news in "Batting Around."

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: News for the new year

Muckdogs' future in Batavia murky, plus PawSox plans and more

The Batavia Muckdogs have played at Dwyer Stadium since 1996. Heading into 2018, the team faces an uncertain future.

By Benjamin Hill | January 4, 2018 9:56 AM ET

The New York-Penn League has assumed control of the Batavia Muckdogs, leading to speculation about the team's future. That and more in Batting Around.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: A tale of two Laredos

Tecolotes will play on both sides of border in Mexican League

In 2018, the Mexican League's Tecolotes Dos Laredos will play home games in both Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

By Benjamin Hill | November 30, 2017 10:14 AM ET

In 2018, a new Mexican League team will play on both sides of the border. Ben Hill has that, plus news from Mobile and Syracuse, in the latest Batting Around.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: MLB clubs nab affiliates

Syracuse, Hickory, Carolina purchased by their parent teams

The Mudcats finished second in the Carolina League South in their first year of Brewers affiliation. (Patrick Cavey/MiLB.com)

By Benjamin Hill | November 3, 2017 11:40 AM ET

This offseason, the Syracuse Chiefs, Hickory Crawdads and Carolina Mudcats have been bought by parent clubs. Ben Hill covers that and more business news.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: In with the new in Las Vegas

Mets affiliate heading to Syracuse; Astros departing Greeneville

A new ballpark for the Las Vegas 51s is slated to open in 2019. The Mets, meanwhile, are moving their Triple-A team to Syracuse.

By Benjamin Hill | October 12, 2017 10:05 AM ET

The 2019 season will be one of change in Las Vegas, with the Mets departing for Syracuse at the same time a new ballpark opens. That, and more, in this edition of Batting Around.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: GreenJackets flying north in '18

Augusta breaks ground, plus news from Boise, Lexington and more

2017 is slated to be the Augusta GreenJackets' final season at Lake Olmstead Stadium before moving across the river to North Augusta.

By Benjamin Hill | April 14, 2017 10:08 AM ET

Construction is underway on a new home for the Augusta GreenJackets, which will be 2018's lone new Minor League ballpark. Get up to speed on that development and more in the latest edition of Batting Around.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: Fresh-squeezed Grapefruit

Rounding up Floridian ballpark news with Spring Training underway

Tampa's Steinbrenner Field (left) and Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium were extensively renovated prior to the season.

By Benjamin Hill | March 2, 2017 9:56 AM ET

Spring Training has begun, and in Florida, there are ballpark changes aplenty. Ben Hill provides updates on recent developments in Tampa, Lakeland, St. Lucie, West Palm Beach and Bradenton.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: GreenJackets on the move

Giants' Class A affiliate on cusp of new ballpark in North Augusta, S.C.

A computer rendering of North Augusta's proposed waterfront ballpark, which would serve as the GreenJackets' new home.

By Benjamin Hill | February 16, 2017 10:11 AM ET

In Batting Around, Ben Hill updates a development project that includes funding for a new ballpark -- in a new state -- for the South Atlantic League's Augusta GreenJackets.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: A new ballpark in Vegas?

51s hope to benefit from city's recent spurt of sports scene success

The Las Vegas 51s want to build a new ballpark to replace Cashman Field, their home since 1983.

By Benjamin Hill | January 26, 2017 10:13 AM ET

Las Vegas will soon field an NHL team, and the NFL may not be far behind. Could these developments help the 51s find their way out of Cashman Field? Plus, the latest updates from Amarillo and Pawtucket.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Batting Around: News for the new year

Latest stadium developments in Kannapolis, Wichita, Malden, more

The Wichita Wranglers played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium through 2007. The city is considering a new ballpark. (Peter Aiken)

By Benjamin Hill | January 5, 2017 10:06 AM ET

In the first Batting Around column of 2017, Ben Hill surveys the Minor League landscape and provides stadium updates from diverse locales such as Malden, Massachusetts; Wichita, Kansas; and Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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