Report: Parkersburg has support for ballpark, FL team
According to a story in the News and Sentinel, Parkersburg (W.Va.) residents are at least interested in the potential of the city building a stadium for a Frontier League baseball team.
Stu Williams, owner of the Wild Things, has been working with the Wood County Development Authority's Parkersburg Baseball Committee and is a potential owner of a Parkersburg team.
After a survey showed 70 percent of respondents said they were in favor of the idea of baseball returning to Parkersburg, the project has moved to a second phase, which includes finding potential ballpark locations and financing options.
Those in support of the project include Jonathan Stalnaker, who lived in Washington from 2007-2010 before returning to his native Wood County. He told the newspaper that he attended several Wild Things games.
"They were a lot of fun and gave me something to do outside on a weeknight," he said. "I'd love to see a team in Parkersburg because I'm a big baseball fan first and foremost, but I also think it's a social option that is missing in town.
"I guarantee I'd go to games here, and it'd give me a destination for when friends and co-workers are in town."
Those opposed to the ballpark idea point to the Frontier League's Ohio Valley Redcoats, who were charter members of the Frontier League and played in the league from 1993 until moving to Huntingburg, Ind., in 1999 and rechristened the DuBois County Dragons. The Redcoats played at Bennett Stump Field (photos below), which is not up to current Frontier League standards, and suffered from poor attendance. The Redcoats never averaged 1,000 fans per game.
Here is a link to the story, and some photos of Bennett Stump Field courtesy of our friends at ballparkreviews.com (check out the site, it's worth your time):
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He gets paid to watch TV
What's a Replay Coordinator? Well, the guy who will sit at pressbox level and watch the game on television, then tell Indians manager Terry Francona if he should challenge a call on the field. Remember, Major League Baseball is using replay challenges, like the NFL, for the first time this season.
One way of looking at it is, Langbehn will be paid to watch baseball on TV. Now there's a job a lot of people I know would love to have.
Langbehn was Traverse City's manager for the last five years and had a 267-212 career record and one appearance in the Frontier League championship series. He developed the Beach Bums into the top franchise in the Eastern Division.
Traverse City hired Dan Rohn, a longtime manager in affiliated ball as it new manager. Rohn was named Manger of the Year four times, once in the Class AA Eastern League and three times in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. His most recent managerial job in 2010 with Las Vegas, the Toronto Blue Jays' Class AAA affiliate.
The Beach Bums also hired former major league pitcher Greg Cadaret as their pitching coach.
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