Local glove company swings into the majors

When Atlanta Brave Vladimir Núñez stepped to the plate last summer, it was the closest Pete Vinci had ever been to the majors. Vinci and his son run a baseball mitt company based in Richmond. The company launched in 1997 and now has more than 65 types of products. And several other major leaguers have recently taken the field with Vinci gear.

Baseball debate turning into a full season of speculation

As soon as it seems dead in the water, the baseball debate in Richmond keeps coming back. Charlie Diradour extended his hand in peace today to those in the opposite dugout at a news conference he called. Connecticut, the giant Indian sculpture, looked down over the scene, a thick layer of pollen dusted over its… Read more »

Deal to buy baseball team is dead

The current deal for the Richmond Baseball Club to buy the Connecticut Defenders is going to expire, the investor’s spokesman told the Norwich newspaper The Day: Peter Boisseau, spokesman for Richmond Baseball Club LC, which had a deal to purchase the Defenders for $15.4 million and move the team to Richmond, said this morning there… Read more »

Baseball team purchase in limbo

The purchase of the Class AA Norwich Connecticut Defenders baseball team by the Richmond Baseball Club seems to be undergoing a delay of game. Norwich’s local paper The Day reported yesterday that there is no closing date scheduled for the deal, which current Defenders owner Lou DiBella said was “imminent”  in early April. The sale… Read more »

Richmond Fed on southeast stadium growth

The Richmond Federal Reserve’s quarterly magazine about the Fifth District economy, Region Focus, came out this week with an article about the surge of baseball stadiums being built or proposed in the region. The article, “Ballpark Boom,” mentions the Highwoods Properties proposal to build a stadium in Shockoe Bottom. It also brings up points on both… Read more »

Braves’ new turf under scrutiny

The Gwinnett Braves, formerly known as the Richmond Braves, have played their first game at their new digs in the suburbs of Georgia. While the team may be happy with their new home, an editorial in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggests that taxpayers may have gotten the short end of the baseball bat. According to the… Read more »

Richmond Baseball Club set to take over Defender’s lease

Last month, Bryan Bostic of Richmond Baseball Club LC announced they planned to buy a AA baseball team in Connecticut to replace the AAA Richmond Braves. Their plan to buy  the Connecticut  Defenders is closer to becoming a reality, despite no guarantee that the stadium slated for Shockoe Bottom will be built. According to local newspaper The Day,… Read more »

Ballpark debate heats up in cyberspace

The debate over a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom has hit the World Wide Web. Charlie Diradour, president of Lion’s Paw Development Company, recently launched the site Baseball on the Boulevard as place for the Richmond community to discuss the many different sides of the prospect of a downtown stadium.

Rally Caps: The Monday Q&A with Bryan Bostic

Bryan Bostic thinks he has pitched Richmond the sort of deal it can knock out of the park: a $60 million stadium that seats 7,500 and brings professional baseball back to Richmond with almost no public spending. And the 47-year-old is working more than 45 hours a week to convince Richmond’s various interest groups that… Read more »