baseball http://wnpr.org en For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding http://wnpr.org/post/development-around-stadium-hartford-wants-federal-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford officials recently held a pre-bid conference for developers and others interested in building a new minor league stadium and its surrounding neighborhood. While the city fielded questions about available land and other infrastructure improvements it has in mind, one big question sticks out:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Have you identified promising sources of federal or state funds?"</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:24 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25781 at http://wnpr.org For Development Around Stadium, Hartford Wants Federal Funding Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/protesters-rally-speak-against-hartford-baseball-stadium-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 50 people opposed to plans for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford held a march and protest Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:11:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25665 at http://wnpr.org Protesters Rally, Speak Against Hartford Baseball Stadium Proposal For Stadium, Hartford to Buy Back Land It Once Owned http://wnpr.org/post/stadium-hartford-buy-back-land-it-once-owned <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs to buy two acres of vacant land to help make his plan for a minor league baseball stadium a reality. That land, however, has a complicated history.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:58:42 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25639 at http://wnpr.org For Stadium, Hartford to Buy Back Land It Once Owned Has Derek Jeter's Celebration Turned Into Deification? http://wnpr.org/post/has-derek-jeters-celebration-turned-deification When an athlete announces his retirement before actually retiring, it signals the start of a farewell tour. <a href="http://onlyagame.wbur.org/tag/new-york-yankees">New York Yankees</a> shortstop Derek Jeter is in the midst of his right now. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:35:27 +0000 editor 25625 at http://wnpr.org Has Derek Jeter's Celebration Turned Into Deification? Hartford Pulls Out of $60 Million Bond Plan For New Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-pulls-out-60-million-bond-plan-new-stadium <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has withdrawn a resolution that would have bonded up to $60 million for a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:24:03 +0000 Ray Hardman 25144 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Pulls Out of $60 Million Bond Plan For New Stadium When a Done Deal Isn't http://wnpr.org/post/when-done-deal-isnt <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Done deal":&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">two words used together that Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> probably wishes he hadn't used. Now he's in a position to explain just what he meant when he said the deal to build a minor league stadium in Hartford for the New Britain Rock Cats was, in fact, done.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:44:10 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24689 at http://wnpr.org When a Done Deal Isn't Residents Came to Speak, and Sing, About Baseball http://wnpr.org/post/residents-came-speak-and-sing-about-baseball <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the city have spoken a lot about their plans to bring a minor league baseball stadium to Hartford. Hundreds of people gathered at the Hartford Public Library to discuss Segarra's plan.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:55:32 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24673 at http://wnpr.org Residents Came to Speak, and Sing, About Baseball Want to Build a Stadium and a Neighborhood? You'd Better Hurry http://wnpr.org/post/want-build-stadium-and-neighborhood-youd-better-hurry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Developers who want to build a minor league baseball stadium and other surrounding buildings in the capital city aren't going to have a relaxing July.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:10:39 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24641 at http://wnpr.org Want to Build a Stadium and a Neighborhood? You'd Better Hurry Hartford Baseball Consultants, Lawyers Were Paid $240,000 http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-baseball-consultants-lawyers-were-paid-240000 <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra&nbsp;hired three consultants and one lawyer for a total of about $270,000 as he held closed-door negotiations to bring a minor league baseball team to Hartford. <strong>UPDATE: </strong>The city has corrected its numbers. &nbsp;It now says the total was just under $240,000.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:28:08 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24578 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Baseball Consultants, Lawyers Were Paid $240,000 With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism http://wnpr.org/post/proposed-hartford-stadium-come-questions-concerns-and-criticism <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-f8736877-f1e9-f771-042f-98bbe7680efa" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When officials from the City of Hartford announced it would build a Minor League Baseball stadium, many people were caught by surprise, including Hartford residents. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24562 at http://wnpr.org With Proposed Hartford Stadium Come Questions, Concerns, and Criticism When It Comes to Paying For Stadium, Hartford Changes Course http://wnpr.org/post/when-it-comes-paying-stadium-hartford-changes-course <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Hartford is changing its plans for how to build, and pay for, a new minor league baseball stadium downtown. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he mayor and the city council now plan to ask developers and private investors to weigh in.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:54:15 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24294 at http://wnpr.org When It Comes to Paying For Stadium, Hartford Changes Course If a Ballpark Comes to Hartford, Who Gets the Luxury Seats? http://wnpr.org/post/if-ballpark-comes-hartford-who-gets-luxury-seats <p><a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-18/news/hc-op-rennie-hartford-luxury-box-tucked-in-stadium-20140618_1_city-suite-ballpark-city-government" target="_blank">Much has been written</a> about whether the city of Hartford should have its own box in the new proposed baseball stadium its considering building to house the New Britain Rock Cats.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:21:52 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24357 at http://wnpr.org If a Ballpark Comes to Hartford, Who Gets the Luxury Seats? Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? http://wnpr.org/post/should-minor-league-rock-cats-relocate-hartford <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1; white-space: pre-wrap;">The lure of professional sports teams has often been irresistible to municipal leaders. It’s very easy to imagine a stadium filled with happy fans, spending money and spreading civic pride.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 24311 at http://wnpr.org Should Minor League Rock Cats Relocate to Hartford? Hartford City Council to Hire Its Own Stadium Consultant http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-city-council-hire-its-own-stadium-consultant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plan to build a new minor league baseball stadium in the heart of downtown is facing more scrutiny from the city council.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:16:33 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24270 at http://wnpr.org Hartford City Council to Hire Its Own Stadium Consultant Ballpark Debate Makes For Interesting State Senate Politics http://wnpr.org/post/ballpark-debate-makes-interesting-state-senate-politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It may be baseball season.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's also political primary season.</span></p><p>When it comes to the ballpark in Hartford, two opposing candidates for state senate have two very different views.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:01:11 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24222 at http://wnpr.org Ballpark Debate Makes For Interesting State Senate Politics Locating Hartford's Proposed Ballpark http://wnpr.org/post/locating-hartfords-proposed-ballpark <p>The city of Hartford <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-07/business/hc-rockcats-hartford-conn-stadium-develop-20140607_1_hartford-stage-i-84-new-britain-rock-cats" target="_blank">has said it looked at other city locations</a> for a new minor league baseball stadium -- including a location on Market Street, the sometimes-home of Cirque du Soleil.</p><p>Now, there are some documents to back that up.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:17:52 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24195 at http://wnpr.org Locating Hartford's Proposed Ballpark Stadium Deal Not Approved Yet, But Hartford Goes Out to Bid http://wnpr.org/post/stadium-deal-not-approved-yet-hartford-goes-out-bid <p>There's a lot of work yet to be done before a minor league baseball stadium in the state's capital city becomes a reality. For starters, it has to be approved by the Hartford city&nbsp;council, and that won't likely happen until later this summer.</p><p>Mayor Pedro Segarra, however, isn’t waiting around for the city council to act.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:04:06 +0000 Jeff Cohen 24138 at http://wnpr.org Stadium Deal Not Approved Yet, But Hartford Goes Out to Bid Hartford Leaders Respond to Stadium Concerns http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-leaders-respond-stadium-concerns <p>The debate over whether to relocate the minor league Rock Cats from New Britain to Hartford continues, and the Hartford's elected officials are now feeling some heat.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:19:39 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23932 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Leaders Respond to Stadium Concerns Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter http://wnpr.org/post/dodgers-ace-kershaw-notches-his-first-no-hitter The no-hitters just keep coming. That's the case for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the team's pitchers have thrown two games without giving up a hit in less than a month. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23907 at http://wnpr.org Dodgers' Ace Kershaw Notches His First No-Hitter Springfield Says There Were No Talks With Rock Cats http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-says-there-were-no-talks-rock-cats <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and his people have said that their negotiations to move the minor league New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford had to be confidential, because speaking about them publicly could have risked the whole thing and pushed the team out of state.</p><p>Several news reports -- <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-02/news/hc-hartford-rockcats-0603-20140602_1_new-britain-rock-cats-josh-solomon-minor-league-baseball-team" target="_blank">some citing anonymous city officials and sources</a>, <a href="http://newbritainherald.com/articles/2014/06/04/news/doc538fd2097402e752167220.txt" target="_blank">others citing speculation</a> and <a href="http://www.nhregister.com/sports/20140604/malafronte-rock-cats-owner-breaks-promise-made-when-team-was-bought" target="_blank">rumors</a> -- suggested that Springfield, Massachusetts was a serious contender. &nbsp;</p><p>Not so, says Springfield.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:09:57 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23774 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Says There Were No Talks With Rock Cats City Council May Not Have Final Vote On Hartford Ballpark http://wnpr.org/post/city-council-may-not-have-final-vote-hartford-ballpark <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford Mayor Pedro </span>Segarra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has called his plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city a "done deal." He's celebrated the plan as both good for Hartford's pride and for its pocketbook.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city council doesn't necessarily have the final vote, however -- and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;not everyone likes it.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:24:08 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23538 at http://wnpr.org City Council May Not Have Final Vote On Hartford Ballpark Papa Solomon Visits Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/papa-solomon-visits-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Britain Rock Cats </span><a href="http://ballparkbiz.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/new-ownership-group-begins-new-era-with-rock-cats/" style="line-height: 1.5;">are owned by Double Play LLC,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> which consists of Josh Solomon, his brother Jim, and their sister Jennifer </span>Goorno<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. When that group bought the team,</span><a href="http://articles.courant.com/2012-03-29/sports/hc-rock-cats-0330-20120329_1_bill-dowling-joe-buzas-league-baseball" style="line-height: 1.5;"> they insisted they were utterly separate </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from </span>DSF<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sports and Entertainment, which is owned by their father, Art Solomon.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:14:17 +0000 Colin McEnroe 23451 at http://wnpr.org Papa Solomon Visits Hartford City Explains Hartford's Secrecy Around Proposed Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/city-explains-hartfords-secrecy-around-proposed-stadium <p>For the better part of a year and half, Hartford city officials negotiated a plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city behind closed doors, saying the deal needed that kind of confidentiality, lest it fall apart.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:10:17 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23442 at http://wnpr.org City Explains Hartford's Secrecy Around Proposed Stadium Hartford State Senator Opposes New Rock Cats Stadium http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-state-senator-opposes-new-rock-cats-stadium <p>Earlier this week, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra called the plan to move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city a "done deal."&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:53:02 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23430 at http://wnpr.org Hartford State Senator Opposes New Rock Cats Stadium The Wheelhouse: Public Policy in the Dark; Metro-North Problems; and Resolution in East Haven http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-public-policy-dark-metro-north-problems-and-resolution-east-haven <p>Hartford’s “done deal” on minor league baseball once again has our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse thinking about the process behind government decisions. The plan to bring the New Britain Rock Cats' franchise to town was months in the making behind closed doors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also check in on East Haven where a racial discrimination settlement was reached, closing another chapter in the painful history of the town. A very old bridge is creating new problems for Metro-North commuters down the shoreline too and officials are pointing fingers.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23372 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Public Policy in the Dark; Metro-North Problems; and Resolution in East Haven Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery http://wnpr.org/post/baseball-has-elbow-problem-more-pros-getting-ligament-surgery On Friday, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Sean Burnett became the latest player this season to undergo "Tommy John" surgery. In this weekend's MLB draft, at least four players selected had already had the infamous elbow surgery as amateurs.<p>The operation is named after the first player to undergo the procedure to fix an injured elbow ligament, in 1974. Pitchers are particularly vulnerable to this injury.<p>The procedure involves taking a tendon from somewhere else in the body — or from a cadaver — and grafting it into place. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:54:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23265 at http://wnpr.org Baseball Has An Elbow Problem: More Pros Getting Ligament Surgery Would You Spend the Night in Hartford After a Rock Cats Game? http://wnpr.org/post/would-you-spend-night-hartford-after-rock-cats-game <p>City leaders say building a minor league baseball stadium in Hartford would spur economic development. Some of the numbers are based on ambitious assumptions.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:09:58 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23199 at http://wnpr.org Would You Spend the Night in Hartford After a Rock Cats Game? The Nose Talks About... Nevermind, It Takes Too Long http://wnpr.org/post/nose-talks-about-nevermind-it-takes-too-long <p></p><p>Today on The Nose, we begin with an essay, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/opinion/sunday/faking-cultural-literacy.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Faking Cultural Literacy</a>." Writer Karl Taro Greenfeld said, "It's never been so easy to pretend to know so much, without actually knowing anything." We pick topical, relevant bits from Facebook, Twitter, or emailed news alerts, and then regurgitate them. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23145 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Talks About... Nevermind, It Takes Too Long If You Build It, Lots and Lots of People Will Have to Come http://wnpr.org/post/if-you-build-it-lots-and-lots-people-will-have-come <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bunch of numbers jump out when it comes to the proposed new minor league ballpark in Hartford. One of them is the jobs projection.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:58:54 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23158 at http://wnpr.org If You Build It, Lots and Lots of People Will Have to Come Rock Cats Ballpark Economics, By the Numbers http://wnpr.org/post/rock-cats-ballpark-economics-numbers <p>There are a lot of numbers that jump out when it comes to the proposed new minor league ballpark in Hartford – the 600 permanent, full-time jobs, the more than 9,000 seats, the 25-year deal, the $500,000 annual rent payment to the city.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there’s also the </span>price tag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> itself.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:02:44 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23129 at http://wnpr.org Rock Cats Ballpark Economics, By the Numbers