Not much change at all in the world of Stadiums this month as Summer Collegiate Baseball leagues are the main focus. I’ve never been to a Summer Collegiate game, but would love to soon as it seems to have such a nice community appeal and it is also a way where many old ballparks are preserved. Anyway, before touching on that, there’s only one change to the Short-Season leagues and that comes out in the Rockies, as the Rockies baseball team bought the Casper Ghosts and have moved the team to Grand Junction, in the western half of the state (I plan on being there July 17!). Suplizio Field has been renovated and now will host a minor league team, in addition to the JUCO World Series and Colorado Mesa University.
Some franchise notes from the aforementioned wood-bat leagues: North Shore and Old Orchard Beach both moved from the NECBL to the Futures League, which has more markets and ballparks their size, since Pittsfield and Brockton dropped from the independent world down to summer collegiate ball. That league is growing in the Northeast as it went from 4 teams to 9. The other changes don’t affect The List as these ballparks are too small to make it: The Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plain League folded, as did Dubois County and Nashville in the Prospect League. Meanwhile, in the upper Midwest, the Lakeshore Chinooks were born in the Northwoods League.