Pittsfield Suns General Manager Kristen Huss says the ballclub has found found the formula for success and is continuing to improve it.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League team will call Wahconah Park home for the sixth consecutive summer. The home opener in Saturday night and Huss said each year the organization's attendance numbers have been climbing. This year, she hopes to build on that and has an array of special events and activities scheduled.
After two years at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, including last year's run as a traveling exhibit, curator Larry Moore hopes the mall location will be a permanent home for the exhibit, which features artifacts celebrating the game's connection to the region and area residents' connection to the game.
The Suns rise again on Thursday.
The Pittsfield Suns will return to Wahconah Park for its fifth season bringing the much of the same fan experience and then some. Last year the team ranked second in the league for attendance with an average of 1,654 people making it to the ballpark each game.
The first round of improvements to the newly named Buddy Pellerin Field at Clapp Park is set for this summer.
The Parks Commission gave the group heading the effort the Okay to order a scoreboard and to continue planning for a number of other additions and changes to the field. The group has already raised $20,000 and has set a goal of a quarter of a million to make four phases worth of improvements to the ballfield.
At 18 years old many young men had found themselves in the midst of battles overseas.
They returned with limited support, with post traumatic stress, chronic illness, and often living on the streets. Since then some of them found their way to Soldier On, which cares and helps pick homeless veterans back up and onto their feet.
Jeff Bagwell may be the best player of his generation not yet to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.
The career .297 hitter retired after 15 Major League seasons, all with the same club, in which he hit 449 home runs, earned a National League MVP trophy, garnered three Silver Slugger awards and was named the NL Rookie of the Year