What’s News Today: Food collection, budget discussion
Franklin County Schools will present its proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors today. The proposed budget is $102 million, an increase of more than $13 million. The County Administrator will also present the proposed budget for the county for the next fiscal year. The City of Roanoke holds a budget development webinar today. The Planning Commission is expected to hold a public hearing next month with City Council holding on in May.
What’s News Today: Baseball announcement, road work
Work on the Main Street Renewal Project continues in Lynchburg. Today and Monday, crews will be working near the intersections of Main and 12th, Church and 12th, and Rivermont and 5th. Danville’s Appalachian League baseball team will make an announcement this morning at 9 a.m., possibly revealing its new name. If you were scheduled to get your COVID vaccine yesterday in Roanoke, your appointment was rescheduled for today. In the New River Valley, yesterday’s appointments have been rescheduled for the same time today.
What’s News Today: baseball branding, ending homelessness
Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.Calfee Park Baseball will unveil the name of its new Appalachian League team today. As we’ve reported, the league is transforming into an independent college wooden bat league. That means the Pulaski Yankees and Danville Braves will break away from their major league teams and start fresh. The General Manager of the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount is retiring, effective today. Time For Homes will talk, today, about how it’s working to end involuntary homelessness and housing insecurity in Virginia.
From Cape Cod to Alaska, college leagues eye MLB changes
It was a quintessential college summer league experience, an up-close look at a major league star long before his big break. The Appalachian League, formerly a Rookie-level minor league, will convert into a 10-team wood bat summer league in 2021 for college players entering their freshman and sophomore seasons. The problem is it’s going to put some of the smaller leagues out of business, I think.”Wood-bat college summer leagues have played a crucial role in the development of many major leaguers. Northwoods League Commissioner Ryan Voz holds a similar view and doesn't believe MLB's incursion is an existential threat on its own. The Cape and NECBL are members of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, a 12-league organization that receives funding from MLB.
Teams to rebrand as Appalachian League transforms into a collegiate wood-bat league
ROANOKE, Va. – Say goodbye to the Pulaski Yankees, Danville Braves and the other familiar monikers of the Appalachian League. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball jointly announced a new format for the league, on Tuesday, which will feature the nation’s top rising college freshmen and sophomores in wood-bat play each summer. “The communities of the Appalachian League have supported baseball since our founding in 1911. This new Appalachian League format will continue that tradition, ensuring that high-level baseball will continue being played in our state for the long-term. We look forward to a new team as part of the community.” Danville Parks and Rec director Bill Sgrinia
Appalachian League to become a college baseball developmental league
ROANOKE, Va. – The Appalachian League will look different when it returns. On Friday, Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced a plan to transform the Appalacian League into a college summer league. Rather than being professional players at the rookie-level, the league would be comprised of the nation’s top rising college freshman and sophomores. The plan is to “retain high-caliber baseball in the communities where it is currently being played under the Appalachian League brand while bringing new, modern approaches to player development and exciting partnerships and opportunities for teams, fans and communities,” according to Major League BaseballMore details will be released during a Zoom meeting on Tuesday at noon.
Pulaski Yankees, entire Appalachian League season delayed indefinitely
The 2020 Appalachian League season is delayed indefinitely, the league announced on Friday. The Pulaski Yankees are among the league’s teams that will be affected and General Manager Betsy Haugh said it’s likely the team won’t play at all this summer. “The honest truth is there’s not a very good likelihood at all that we will have a minor league season this year," Haugh said. “The loss of the season for the Yankees, it’s tragic for the community, mainly because we love the Yankees," Sweet said. READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the start of the 2020 Appalachian League season is being delayed indefinitely.
Possible Minor League Baseball realignment brings uncertainty for Appalachian League
Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball are negotiating the terms of its next contract, and a proposal by Major League Baseball could significantly alter the minors. Major League Baseball proposed eliminating 40 teams from the minor league ranks, which could put lower-level leagues such as the Appalachian League in jeopardy. "It's certainly eye-opening when somebody tells you they want to make a change like that," said Minor League Baseball Director of Communications Jeff Lantz. "Minor League Baseball is kind of like the front porch of our communities," Lantz said. Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball's current agreement runs through next September, so any drastic changes in any new deal will not impact this upcoming baseball season.
Pulaski Yankees win Minor League Baseball's top honor
PULASKI, Va. - A local team has won Minor League Baseball's top honor. The Pulaski Yankees are the recipients of the 46th annual John H. Johnson President's Award, league officials announced Wednesday. The past two seasons' attendance was recording-breaking for the Appalachian League, according to league officials. READ THE FULL RELEASE:ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball (MiLB) announced today that the Pulaski Yankees are the recipients of the 46th annual John H. Johnson President's Award. This award is the first President's Award for the Pulaski Yankees, the first for an Appalachian League team and sixth for a Short Season team.
Luis Dorante named 2019 Appalachian League Manager of the Year
PULASKI, Va. - The Appalachian League today announced Pulaski Yankees skipper Luis Dorante as the league's 2019 Manager of the Year. It is the second such recognition for Dorante, who won the award in 2017 during his last stint at the helm of the rookie-level Yankees. Dorante has guided the Yankees to a 40-22 record with a four-game lead in the Appalchian League East. Dorante is in his eighth season in the Yankees organization and second at the helm of the Pulaski Yankees. They return to Calfee Park for the final two regular-season home games of the 2019 season Monday and Tuesday.
Pulaski Yankees drop series opener with Johnson City
PULASKI, Va. – Reigning Appalachian League Player of the Week Alexander Vizcaino took the mound for the Pulaski Yankees, but a four-run third inning led the Johnson City Cardinals to a 9-3 win on Tuesday night. Brandon Riley doubled off the wall in right field followed by a RBI single by Donivan Williams to make it 1-0. In the ninth, Michael Perri doubled home two runs followed by a Moises Castillo RBI single to round out the scoring. The Pulaski Yankees return to Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park tomorrow, July 25 for the second of three against the Johnson City Cardinals. The first 100 fans who bring a toy donation will receive a GA ticket good for any remaining 2018 Pulaski Yankees home game.