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Old 12-01-2016, 05:52 PM
 
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Wood Ducks Announce 2017 Coaching Staff | Down East Wood Ducks News

Former Mets star Ho-Jo to manage the new Kinston team.
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Old 12-02-2016, 09:11 AM
 
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Pretty cool.


I also found an article with a little detail on how the Fayetteville team arrived in Buies Creek for 2 years.

Baseball Arrives In Buies Creek | BaseballAmerica.com

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BUIES CREEK, N.C.—After a search that took them to approximately 40 sites across the Carolinas, the Astros announced on Friday their agreement to have their high Class A club play at Campbell’s Jim Perry Field for the next two seasons while they wait for their new stadium in Fayetteville, N.C., to be built.

The team—which will be known as the Buies Creek Astros for the next two years—is one of two moving in to the Carolina League after the contraction of High Desert and Bakersfield in the Carolina League. The other, the Down East Wood Ducks, will affiliate with the Rangers and will play their games at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C.

Though Campbell was long rumored to be the Astros’ eventual landing spot—Campbell head coach Justin Haire said the university first heard from the Astros in September—Carolina League president John Hopkins said the agreement only came together recently before the official announcement was sent to the media on Thursday afternoon.

“I don’t think it was finalized until last week,” he said. “That’s when I knew.”

When asked why Minor League Baseball gave the OK to go forth with the move, which had been talked about for than 10 years, even without a stadium available, Hopkins said that he preferred not to announce the move and then let a franchise and a city dangle for two seasons while waiting for a stadium.

“Somebody, somewhere is going to be a lame duck if you say ‘Two years from now we’re leaving,’ ” Hopkins said. “So it was really better to bring a new community, a new product, even on a temporary basis, than it would be to give a two-year notice to a city in California that they’re going to lose baseball.”

Among the other temporary homes the Astros explored were East Carolina (Greeneville, N.C.), UNC Wilmington, Methodist University (Fayetteville), and parks in the Coastal Plain League such as J.P. Riddle Stadium, which is the home to the Fayetteville SwampDogs. The team also approached the other new Carolina League franchise, in Kinston, about playing some of their games at Grainger Stadium.

A rotating-site arrangement was also considered, as was having the team spend the entire year on the road with an eye toward landing a site for 2018 before moving into their permanent home in 2019.

“At the end of the day, with the quality of this facility and being sort of being right smack in the middle of the state, where we were right in the middle of the footprint of the Carolina League,” Houston Astros team president Reid Ryan said, “it made it easiest on us and easiest on our nine partners in the Carolina League.”

There were a few key reasons that drew the Astros to Campbell, chief among them the planned additions to Jim Perry Field. The school is in the process of completing the Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion, which will increase seating to more than 1,000 and will provide a new visiting dugout, locker room upgrades and a new office for the baseball staff.


Read more at Baseball Arrives In Buies Creek | BaseballAmerica.com
Interesting to me that ECU was contacted. I wonder just how far into negotiations they got? That would have been pretty cool "rivalry" between Kinston and Greenville if it had come true. It would have also given Greenville a chance to see if minor league baseball would have been feasible for the city.
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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It's official: Astros sign 30 year lease agreement with Fayetteville, beginning 2019.

Astros sign lease deal with Fayetteville | MiLB
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:24 AM
 
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Wood Ducks Logo being revealed today at 4pm

Kinston Wood Ducks will 'hatch' new logo this afternoon

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Kinston's new baseball team, the Wood Ducks, will be "hatching" their new logo, crest and lettering this afternoon.

The big reveal is set for 4pm at Grainger Stadium.

Wood Ducks manager Howard Johnson, members of the parent club Texas Rangers, and attendees from the Rangers Caravan including manager Jeff Banister, Rangers Assistant Director of Player Development Paul Kruger, pitchers Tony Barnette and Nick Martinez, Hickory manager Spike Owen, and radio broadcaster Matt Hicks, are all expected to attend the event.

On Monday the team announced that they will open up play in their inaugural season with an exhibition game versus the University of Mount Olive on April 3rd at 7pm.

All tickets for the game will be $5 and available the day of the game at the box office.
I love how the media isn't even calling them the "Down East" Wood Ducks.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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Wood Ducks Logo being revealed today at 4pm

Kinston Wood Ducks will 'hatch' new logo this afternoon



I love how the media isn't even calling them the "Down East" Wood Ducks.
Wood Ducks' colorful look fits the bill | MiLB
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:09 PM
 
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Not a bad logo. I really am warming up to this team!
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:42 AM
 
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:31 PM
 
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Mudcats, Brewers announce PDC agreement | Carolina Mudcats News

This will be the Mudcats 7th different affiliation since 1991. Despite their popularity with the fans they've had difficulty in holding relationships with MLB teams since the turn of the century (they were affiliated with Pittsburgh for just about all of the 90's).
The musical affiliations may be coming to an end in Zebulon. The Brewers are now attempting to purchase the Mudcats, apparently with upgrades to Five County Stadium.


Milwaukee Brewers in talks to purchase Carolina Mudcats | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:52 AM
 
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Wood Ducks reveal jerseys & alternate "friendly" logo - Single Game tickets also on sale.

Down East Wood Ducks reveal uniforms, additional logo at Fan Fest

Wood Ducks hold fan fest in preparation of opening day | WNCT
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Old 04-11-2017, 01:57 PM
 
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Wood Ducks kicked off the home slate with a sellout crowd of 4,267.

https://www.milb.com/wood-ducks/news...er/c-223586212
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