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Maybe the Sioux Falls Canaries days are numbered anyway?

There was a story breaking over the weekend, and if you follow baseball it is pretty huge. It also could have repercussions with our local team.

Maybe Sanford’s idea to get into the minor league baseball business isn’t such a major stretch?

A SouthDaCola foot soldier sent me the breaking news with links to stories, and their speculation on the deal;

Interesting developments on the horizon for affiliated baseball will be even more interesting to see the impact on independent baseball, the American Association (league in which Canaries play), the Sioux Falls Canaries franchise and the future of the Bird Cage (or other baseball stadium in Sioux Falls). 

Saw this in the Pioneer Press: 

In a massive proposed restructure of minor league affiliated baseball (and a proposed action seemingly unsolicited by the St. Paul Saints?), Major League Baseball might propose to bring the St. Paul Saints into status as a team affiliated with a major league team.

Found some other articles defining the big picture of this:

The McNews (USA Today) version:

From Baseball America:

From the Baseball America article, a good summary: “At the core of the negotiations, MLB is looking to dramatically improve Minor League Baseball’s stadium facilities as well as take control over how the minor leagues are organized as far as affiliations and the geography of leagues. Those areas have been under the control of MiLB for the past 100-plus years and would lead to a dramatic restructuring of how MiLB is governed and operates.”

  • Why St. Paul and Sugar Land independent league teams?  Speculation: St. Paul is one of the more successful and financially stable franchises in the American Association.  To poach them from independent baseball would destabilize the American Association.  No knowledge about the Sugar Land TX franchise, but doubtful that MLB is looking to bring a “weak sister” franchise into the fold of a consolidated model of affiliated minor league baseball.  
  • Up to 42 less teams in affiliated baseball.  Effect could be that those communities which are spurned by MLB might try to cling to a baseball identity by hosting independent league teams.  More independent league teams?  But someone still needs to be an owner for each of these teams.  See also Dream League below.
  • Each team will be limited to 150-200 players under contract.  As an example, the Yankees might have to drop 85-135 players the result of this proposal.  The pool of players who might be interested/available to independent league teams will expand.  The role independent baseball in development and advancement of players could become more important.  Or could fade completely away.  See Dream League below.
  • Formation of a “Dream League”. MLB draft to be reduced to 20-25 rounds (fewer players selected).  Undrafted players could join the Dream League (or an independent league team, such as the Canaries) in order to get noticed.  From Baseball America: “The Dream League would be a joint MLB-MiLB venture, but in essence, it would be a quasi-independent league where the clubs would field teams of undrafted players.”   IMO, this is a move by MLB to take up the space currently occupied by independent baseball leagues.  A real threat to a franchise like the Canaries.
  • Major League Baseball to exact higher minimum standards for facilities and other elements of minor league affiliated baseball.  I can actually see how this could play to the favor of baseball in Sioux Falls (and specifically emergence of minor league affiliated baseball) – health conglomerate which spends freely for sports and entertainment facilities (sports training and sport viewing facilities; golf entertainment facility; restaurant); CEO of health conglomerate who is a wanna-be sports franchise GM and relishes involvement in the money deals of sports (e.g. paying college teams hundreds of thousands of dollars to give up ‘Home game dates’ to come to play a game in your palace) and a municipality which may have an appetite to participate in building a baseball facility.  The kind of big money game which MLB is mandating is right up the power alley for said healthcare CEO and free-spending Mayor PTH.

Is this some kind of parody?

Are there some journalists in this community that are so out of touch with reality that they just propose anything based on nothing and hope for results;

But the Sioux Falls sports and entertainment scene didn’t get to where it is by settling for a modest status quo. The Premier Center, Pentagon, Kirkeby-Over Stadium, even Howard Wood Field – those are among the best venues in the country for their size and level of competition.

It’s time for baseball to join the party.

While I will confess I don’t follow sports (local, college, Olympic or professional, none of the above) I do know one thing, spending taxpayer money on a new baseball stadium in Sioux Falls is not only a bad idea, it will never pass the smell test. I encourage all those who think it is a good idea to start a petition drive for a bond initiative and watch as it gets voted down 2-1.

Vegas has Sioux Falls little league winning first game by 2 runs

Maybe I’m not reading this crap right (since I rarely gamble) but it looks like the oddmakers have us by 2 points going into the first game. WOOT! WOOT!

Since I really don’t give a rat’s a** about sports, especially youth sports, I thought I should at least say something positive about our team ‘Midwest’.

Good Luck!

The PGA tour stop in Sioux Falls, won’t affect 99.9% of us

Before you start calling me a Negative Nancy, I will first say as a Positive Pete, that I think it is a good thing the old guy PGA tour is coming to Sioux Falls, and it certainly WON’T have a negative affect on our economy. In fact, it will draw publicity to the city for sporting events, and I am sure some deals will be cut between our mucky-muck. I get it.

But all this fanfare like this is the greatest thing since sliced bread is laughable.

I could go on and on about our crime rate increases, our lack of affordable housing, good jobs and a slowing economy and sales tax revenue. The PGA tour doesn’t fix any of these problems, and that is kind of my point.

We often like to sit around and try to act like a sporting event coming to town is some kind of game changer. As I said to someone, “Looks like a bunch of old rich Sioux Falls people watching a bunch of old rich golfers play golf.”

So Denny opened his wallet. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. But will it have an effect on the 99.9% of hardworking Sioux Falls residents? Probably not. But I sure like Arnold Palmers.

Looks like the NEW South Dakota GF&P Director will fit right in with Pierre politics of corruption


Kelly Hepler (Left) possibly thanking someone for a lobbying gift

Had to chuckle, shake my head, and let out a long sigh when I saw this story about our new director the other day;

Hepler, who has worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game since 1979, was among several public officials in Alaska accused in August of not reporting gifts from a lobbying organization known as the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, . . .
While he was let off on a technicality, it is still unknown what exactly he received as a gift. He is probably pretty happy about the fact that in SD, with our extremely closed state government, he won’t have to worry about getting busted for that kind of activity here. Accept as many gifts as you want, we will never know.

Does the rest of the state hate us that much?

I could care less if we get one single state tournament in Sioux Falls. I don’t have kids, and I don’t like sports. I think the only reason sports should exist in public school is for exercise and recreation. Public schools focus should be EDUCATION! But look at our city and how much money we blow on recreation, so it should be no surprise we really want tournaments in Sioux Falls;

“Boy, for the sheer numbers, we seem to be excluded so, I hate that.  We’re the big gorilla at the other end of the state,” Todd Thoelke said.

Sioux Falls, despite accounting for 20 percent of the state’s students, hasn’t had a member voted in since the mid 1990s. Thoelke, a Sioux Falls School Board member, was hoping to end the drought. However, he wasn’t elected to the board.

“I think we need to have our voice heard and to continually be shunned, it’s a little frustrating. But you know, the state voted and the tally was in and I was, once again, not elected,” Thoelke said.

Why has Sioux Falls had a 14 year drought on the Athletic Board? Protectionism is probably one reason, the smaller cities want to protect their territories. Could it also be because their is a hate and jealously towards Sioux Falls? I have often said, if I didn’t live in Sioux Falls, I wouldn’t live in the state. The small-minds in other parts of the state are reality. I think they believe if they allow someone from Sioux Falls on the board, we may suck up all of the tournaments. I doubt that one representative would have that much power, especially a rubber stamper from our school board.

Not sure why we are being snubbed, but I have a feeling, it has a lot to do with mis-trust of our Super and Mayor. And if that is the case, I would have to agree with the skepticism.

What’s up with the ‘Sanford Frontiers’ ?


Hey kids! Let’s play ball while your parents are drinking!

This came to my attention yesterday while I was reading the Planning Commission’s agenda (Item# 13)

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While I don’t debate the Pentagon having adult beverages at the facility, I wondered why this needed to be hidden under the cover of another organization, called the ‘Sanford Frontiers’. According to this SFBJ article in September;

Pulling it together is Sanford Frontiers, a wholly owned component of Sanford Health incorporated as a nonprofit earlier this year.

Sanford Frontiers was created primarily to help the health system’s researchers bring their work to the marketplace, but its duties are broader than that. President Rich Adcock and his small staff also are tasked with facilitating certain property development, namely the sports complex near Benson Road and Westport Avenue.

They also play the ‘poor non-profit’ card;

Sanford hopes to break even, White said.

“Our overall goal on the entire complex is to just cash flow,” he said. “If we could get to that point, we’d consider it a success.”

While Sanford Health and Sanford Frontiers are nonprofits, that doesn’t mean the property involved in the complex is tax-exempt. Sanford likely will pay property taxes on all of it, said Kyle Helseth, director of equalization for Minnehaha County.

Sanford hopes to break even?! BAHHAHAHAHA! Is this just a way for Sanford to say that while all other hospitality industries in SF have to pay on the altar of entertainment taxes, we are doing this for the common good? As for the property tax statement, why not mention the almost $10 million in TIF rebates?

But what I want to know is why Sanford Health, and the Sports Complex want to create an entirely different entity? So they are not associated with greasy franchise restaurants and alcohol consumption? Or to hide profits? It’s certainly curious, and something I don’t fully understand, but if Kelby and T. Denny are involved with Lloyd, Huether and Smith, ‘Roses’ are not the smell I am getting for the public.

Is the Mayor’s wife on vacation?

I found it interesting that 1) the city is signing an agreement with the SF Tennis association, before they have even turned a shovel (or brought forth a financial and fundraising report) and 2) Their mighty leader, Cindy Huether, would be absent from the meeting. (DOC: Agenda-ParkBoard102213)

The Park Board has a couple of important items on the agenda for tomorrow.
Sioux Falls Ice Sports Association indoor facility agreement
Dave Fischer, Joe Zueger and Sue Salter to attend
Sioux Falls Tennis Association indoor facility agreement

Dave Fischer, and Bill Townsend to attend

***4:00 at Great Bear
It is also important to note that AL Sports columnist, Stu Whitney’s wife is one of the main fundraisers for the Indoor Tennis Facility. Is this a conflict of interest for Stu when promoting or advertising the facility in the paper he works for?

I just mentioned the other day . . .

. . . that this spot would be a great place to build an Events Center, and wondered what was going on at this location, sounds like quite a bit here pretty soon;

SIOUX FALLS, SD – One of Sioux Falls’ largest building projects in years could soon be taking place just off one of the city’s busiest streets.

Developer Don Dunham, Jr. wants to build an apartment complex and sports facility in the area south of 41st Street and Grange Avenue. The new development carries a total price tag of $30 million.

As I have mentioned in the past, if sports complexes are needed, they should make money and should be privately funded. Dunham is about to find out.

A South DaCola sports story (H/T – Hos)

I had kinda forgot about this until Hos reminded me this morning. Over ten years ago I had a couple of tickets to the Legends baseball game at Canaries stadium. I didn’t really care, but I thought it would be a waste to not use the tickets, plus it would be fun to watch a bunch of old geezers hit some balls around. I can’t recall how many were there, but it was a slew, Harmon Killebrew was one of them. I took Hos’ son Tyler, I don’t think he really cared much, but I figured a few hours of sanity away from him was good for her. I also remember the little money me and him had on us we spent on some dogs or something. Well it came around to selling raffle tickets to win a signed Willie Mays ball, and I didn’t have enough dough. This nice lady behind us bought Tyler a raffle ticket, and he won the ball. Turns out she was Harmon’s wife and she got all the guys to sign another baseball for Tyler. It was pretty cool. Not sure if Tyler has either one of the balls still, probably sold them for a geetar or something.