Renovation Video & Photos and Details from Burlington & Beloit

Here are some quotes and comments from The Hawkeye in Burlington, Iowa on the new affiliation between the Burlington Bees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Angels were happy with the facilities during their visit, suggesting only small changes. One of those is improvements to the hitting tunnel, which at 10 years old needs a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.

The Bees will begin a field resurfacing next week.

Los Angeles will provide a clubhouse manager, training him through spring training before sending him to Community Field.

“That’s a big plus for us,” [Bees general manager Chuck] Brockett said.

Additionally, the Angels will pay for DirecTV in the clubhouse so players can watch the Major League club play after their own games, and send the Bees promotional items the team can give away to its fans.

“It’s a nice touch,” said Brockett.

Affiliated baseball has been around Burlington, Iowa for a long time.  Here is their list since joining the Midwest League in 1962.

The Angels started their affiliation with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 1993 before having it end after the 2012 season.  The Angels had previously been in the Midwest League with Quad Cities (1962-1978), Danville (1982), Peoria (1983-1984), and Quad Cities again (1985-1992)

Next, reaction from the Beloit Daily News on the new affiliation between the Beloit Snappers and the Oakland Athletics.

I’m really excited about it,” said Snappers Chairman Dennis Conerton. “They are going to be a great organization to work with. I can feel that already. They are good people and experienced people which is what we are used to with the Twins. I think it’ll be a great relationship.”

The A’s are familiar with the Midwest League as they have been aligned with the Burlington Bees the past two seasons, the Kane County Cougars from 2003-2010 and Madison Muskies before that.

“They were familiar with our area and our league, obviously,” Conerton said. “They really wanted to play here and we are excited to be with them.”

The process of wooing a team is not a familiar one to the Snappers, who have had just two affiliates in their 31-year history.

This time, however, things went very smoothly.

“When we got the list of teams that had not signed a PDC, we sat down and sort of did an informal ranking of the teams in terms of what we knew,” Conerton said. “And I’m quite pleased to say that Oakland was right up there at the top of the list. They have a good farm system, and we liked that they are a relatively small market in the Major Leagues just like we are here.”

Oakland was affiliated with the Muskies from 1982-1993 and the West Michigan Whitecaps from 1994-1996.  They had been with the Burlington Bees from 1963-1974, too.

Last…you would think they could make a bigger construction vest…or a smaller announcer.

We shot another video on Wednesday that will debut next week.  Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite….Mmm, hungry…

The roof above the third base concourse is about gone.

A look from the outside.

The front looks a little different, no?

It’s probably just me, but this is what I thought of when I saw the machines doing their thing on Wednesday.

Great book for children…It’s over SIXTY years old!?!?

Remember, Reading is Fundamental.

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