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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #30 on: July 11, 2016, 10:17:47 AM »
It's been mentioned in a couple of earlier posts how Harold Cooper, as a county commissioner, brought professional baseball back to Columbus.  In 1970, he got Franklin County to buy and renovate an existing stadium on Mound Street and acquired a team from Memphis to become the Columbus Clippers in 1977.  This recent Business First article looks at how those small investments in the 70's are now reaping large revenues for Franklin County:


Once bought for $25,000, the Columbus Clippers have become a $25 million asset for Franklin County
By Jeremy Hill, Columbus Business First
Updated: July 6, 2016, 2:48pm EDT


In the late 1970s, Franklin County bought the Columbus Clippers for $25,000.  The investment was a home run.

The Clippers and Huntington Park, which are run in tandem by the county, finished 2015 with a profit of $1.33 million, driven by $12.4 million in revenue.  That's up $424,000 from 2014, according to an annual financial report.  Ticket sales brought in $4.4 million, followed by $4.26 million from sponsorships and advertising and $2.36 million from concessions.

Franklin County through the board of its Parks and Recreation Department, owns and operates Franklin County Stadium Inc. and Columbus Baseball Team Inc., the nonprofits that manage Huntington Park and the business side of the Clippers.  Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians select and pay the players and coaches.  Franklin County handles just about everything else.

If you think this setup – a government entity operating a sports franchise – is unusual, you're correct.

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/06/once-bought-for-25-000-the-columbus-clippers-have.html
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2016, 10:30:24 AM »
Clippers trying to hit 600,000 in home attendance for the year...two games left (today and tomorrow).  21,012 more needed over the 2 games.  If 600K is hit, ALL playoff games will be free.

All tickets to the series are $5...they're running Dime-a-dog and $5 brewfest tonight along with fireworks.  Those with an Ohio State ticket tomorrow get for a "buck" off ($4).

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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2017, 09:45:30 AM »
http://the6i4.com/2017/06/22/bradley-zimmer-causes-an-intriguing-ripple-effect-for-the-columbus-clippers-outfield/

Could easily go in the Indians discussion, but here's a recent look at the outfield production/situation in Cleveland & Columbus.

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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #33 on: September 08, 2017, 01:21:40 PM »
The daily drama of a minor-league team, even a prominent AAA team like the Columbus Clippers, isn't really relevant.  Because, ultimately, all minor-league teams serve to develop players and support their major-league clubs.  No matter the cost to any individual season of their minor-league clubs.  That's just the arrangement.

That arrangement was very apparent this season for the Clippers.  On Labor Day, the Clippers played their final game of the 2017 season, finishing with a 71-71 record.  Not terrible, but it cost them a fourth straight IL division championship:

http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170905/clippers-6-bats-2--clippers-cant-overcome-injuries-call-ups-fall-short-of-playoffs

According to the 2017 season wrap-up article (linked above): "It came down to manpower, or the lack of it, in costing the team a fourth straight division championship.  The core of the Clippers — players such as Ryan Merritt, Erik Gonzalez, Bradley Zimmer, Tyler Olson, Yandy Diaz and Giovanny Urshela — has been helping Cleveland try to pin down a second straight American League Central title. ... In all, Columbus experienced 218 player transactions, including disabled list stays."
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #34 on: November 11, 2017, 10:59:36 AM »
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #35 on: December 13, 2017, 12:34:49 AM »
Columbus to host Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game, national championship in 2018

Minor league baseball will hold its two major events in Columbus next year.

For the first time, one city will host the Triple-A All-Star and National Championship games in the same year.

On July 11, Huntington Park will host the All-Star Game presented by Huntington Bank and Gildan. There'll be other events tied to the game, too, including a home run derby.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/12/12/columbus-to-host-triple-a-baseball-all-star-game.html
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2018, 03:09:26 PM »
Huntington Park is getting a new $1 million video scoreboard for its 10th season at its downtown location.  The stadium — home to the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians’ triple-A affiliate in the International League — will be hosting the Triple-A All-Star Game in July and the Triple-A Championship Game in September:

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180206/huntington-park-getting-new-1-million-video-scoreboard
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2018, 12:00:33 PM »
Long-time Columbus Clippers president and general manager Ken Schnacke - who has been general manager since 1989 and team president since 2001 - has been elected to the International League hall of fame:

http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20180212/clippers-gm-ken-schnacke-elected-to-international-league-hall-of-fame
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2018, 12:36:37 PM »


Video from Business First before last Thursday's home opener showing the improvements made to Huntington Park as it enters its 10th season downtown.  (Hard to believe it's been 10 years already!)  In its 10th year Huntington Park will play host to both the Triple-A All-Star Game in July and Triple-A National Championship in September:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/04/12/first-look-see-the-changes-inside-huntington-park.html
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2018, 12:36:52 PM »
Great weather to start the 10th season of Clippers baseball at Huntington Park:





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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #40 on: April 14, 2018, 12:46:34 PM »
Oh man, throwback '80s cups!

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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2018, 02:56:06 PM »


https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/07/07/clippers-hopeful-all-star-game-national.html

http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20171207&content_id=263069892&fext=.jsp&sid=t445&vkey=

The first of two big Triple-A events to be held at Huntington Park this year begins today.  As part of Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game, the Triple-A Home Run Derby and Skills Competition is being held today, beginning at 6PM.
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Re: Columbus Clippers Discussion
« Reply #42 on: July 12, 2018, 06:48:01 PM »
Photo-gallery of the Triple-A All-Star Game where the Pacific Coast League All-Stars defeated the International League All-Stars last night at Huntington Park:  http://www.dispatch.com/photogallery/OH/20180711/SPORTS/711009992/PH/1





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