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06-13-2019, 11:36 AM,
Wichita has a rich history of baseball , even if the public isn’t fully on-board just yet."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub iami Marlins News and RumorsMiami Marlins Prospects and Draft CoverageBaseball fans can watch as new Marlins Triple-A ballpark gets builtNew,2commentsWichita has a rich history of baseball, even if the public isn’t fully on-board just yet.EDTShareTweetShareShareBaseball fans can watch as new Marlins Triple-A ballpark gets builtRendering of Wichita’s new ballpark from right field.@CityofWichita/TwitterWICHITA, Kan.—The new Marlin’s Triple-A ballpark is being built right on your computer screen.Wichita Baseball 2020 announced Thursday on its social media accounts the integration of a Ballpark Construction Cam to allow anyone to watch in time lapse the development—set to be completed and ready for next season. The ballpark cam, placed in the Hyatt Regency facing west across the Arkansas River, can be viewed here.The new venue is being built on the site of the now demolished Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, an 84-year-old park that opened in 1934. It has not been named as of yet. The New Orleans Baby Cakes, current Triple-A affiliate of the Marlins, are set to move to Wichita in 2020. Their new team name hasn’t been decided, either, though there was a campaign to collect fan suggestions in January. New Orleans has been an affiliate of Miami since 2009 Mookie Wilson Jersey , and was founded in 1993 as the New Orleans Zephyrs.As for Wichita, the city will bring back affiliated minor league ball for the first time since 2007. The most recent tenants of Lawrence-Dumont were the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association, an independent league. The team played its last game in 2018 before the destruction of the stadium.Wichita previously hosted the Wichita Wranglers (originally called the Pilots in the first two years of the franchise) from 1987 to 2007. That team was the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres from 1987-1994, and then the Kansas City Royals until relocation in 2007 to Springdale, Arkansas (currently Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Royals Double-A affiliate).Diving even deeper into history, Wichita did previously host Triple-A team from 1970 to 1984 in the Wichita Aeros. That team was affiliated with five MLB clubs in its time: the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Cincinnati Reds.Controversy in KansasWhile Wichita has rich baseball history, the move for Miami’s Triple-A team hasn’t been without some push back from locals of the Sunflower State’s largest city. Per the Wichita Eagle , the Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to sell approximately four acres around the new $75 million baseball stadium to Wichita Riverfront LP, a company connected to Baby Cakes owner Lou Schwechheimer. The plan is for the land around the ballpark to be developed in the vision of Schwechheimer’s “Baseball Village Master Plan.” The plan previously included a ferris wheel, although that has since been nixed.The meeting itself featured “four hours of citizen comments and presentations from the city, Schwechheimer and a neighboring development represented by George Laham,” and a total of 31 people spoke, according to The Eagle.Some Wichitans spoke in favor of the large-scale project, saying it is what the city needs. Others were not so keen on flow of information from developer officials to the public:The land agreement is not finalized, but Schwechheimer has spoken publicly for his plans of a new ballpark in Wichita to come to fruition. There is still much to be done and most likely many more bumps in the road, but at least anyone in Wichita, Miami and in between can now see it on a screen as it all unfolds. CINCINNATI (AP) — Quoting the Cincinnati Reds‘ longtime play-by-play announcer, the Ohio Supreme Court declared Tuesday that “this one belongs to the Reds.”The state’s high court ruled 5-2 that the Major League Baseball franchise is exempt from paying tax on the purchase of bobbleheads and other promotional items the team offers to ticket buyers.The opinion written by Justice Patrick Fischer warned that the ruling was specific to the case and might not apply for other sports organizations.But the Department of Taxation’s chief legal counsel Gary Carter Jersey , Matt Chafin, said the decision essentially shows professional teams how to avoid the “use tax” on promotional items.Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said the club is “happy with the outcome,” but is still reviewing the opinion.The department argued the bobbleheads should be taxed because they’re bought by the Reds as giveaways, not sold with tickets. The Reds argued they’re exempt because they resell the items as part of the ticket package and Ohio law exempts companies from paying tax on items they buy for resale.Fischer, a Cincinnati resident, led off the opinion with a long summary of Ohio’s role in baseball history beginning in 1869, when the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first all-professional team. There are references to Hall of Famers from Ohio including players Cy Young, Mike Schmidt and Barry Larkin, to the 1975-76 “Big Red Machine” champions, and firsts such as Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians becoming the first black American League player and to the first night game being played in Cincinnati.Then, in explaining the ruling Dwight Gooden Jersey , Fischer wrote that unlike a foul ball or a T-shirt shot into the stands (the Reds use a contraption nicknamed “Redzilla” to fire free T-shirts into the crowd) that fans have no expectation of receiving, they buy tickets for games that have been advertised as bobblehead games expecting to get the bobbleheads, which last season included All-Stars Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez.“We accordingly conclude that the promotion items constituted things of value in exchange for which fans paid money that was included in the ticket prices,” the opinion stated.After quoting Reds’ broadcaster Marty Brennaman’s signature “this one belongs to the Reds,” Fischer also quoted Brennaman’s late broadcasting partner, Joe Nuxhall, saying the justices were “rounding third and heading for home.”Dissenting Justice Mary DeGenaro wrote that the Reds were escaping sales tax or use tax on promotional items that generally apply to similar purchases. She pointed out that the Reds often limit the promotional items, such as free to the first 30,000 fans.She said a Reds official had testified that the Reds would “make accommodations” to remedy the situation, up to offering refunds to fans who complain about missing out.

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