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CornbeltBaseball.com is available

September 12, 2014 – 9:07 am | Comments Off
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CornbeltBaseball.com is shutting down

September 12, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

by Jack Warren

It’s been a good run for CornbeltBaseball.com, but it’s time to shut things down. We’ve covered local baseball for a long time, beginning more than ten years ago in our first iteration, then coming back in 2009 with a completely baseball focused web site. Thousands of stories have been cranked out, hundreds of podcasts, a too much time to account for being spent on local baseball fields. But, as they say, all good things must pass, and this is the time for CornbeltBaseball.com.

While our web site kept expanding during the first four years, our resources were taxed more and more. And while there are a lot of baseball fans out there – as witnessed by our great numbers for the web site and podcasts – finding others to contribute to this labor of love became almost as time consuming as cranking out the content. Given that our other projects were really taking off and actually generating revenue, decisions needed to be made.

All things being equal, we’d love to keep this project going, especially given the love for baseball in Central Illinois. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much an all or nothing proposition, as the lack of quality demonstrated by a less than 100% effort is readily apparent.

Along the way we’ve had a ton of support. Of course, I’ve got to start with Tom Jackson, who cranked out a ton of great content on his Old Guy Baseball exploits and his passion for his baseball caps and co-hosted our wildly popular Cornball podcast for four years. And along the way, we’ve had young guys come along with the same passion as we had for the game of baseball. John Fike and Jackson White were there in the beginning and really helped us to launch this effort with a bang. In fact, we’d like to selfishly take a little credit for Jackson White’s subsequent career path through Knox College and the student newspaper through his statewide awards to his current journalism position in western Illinois.

I’d also like to thank all of the coaches who’ve helped along the way. Without their cooperation, we would have accomplished little. Special thanks to Heartland’s Nate Metzger and Illinois State’s (now with South Florida) Mark Kingston for the incredible access to themselves and their programs. Without their assistance, we would have been nothing more than barking dogs.

Of course, the closing of CornbeltBaseball.com says nothing about the local baseball scene. It’s merely a case of resources. Had there been two or three of me, then perhaps we could have kept this train running. But as it is, something has to go, and this is it. You’ll still see me out at the local fields, but without the digital recorder and camera.

Thanks again for your patronage and the tons of great feedback we received through the years. And keep playing in the grass!

Despite Missing Playoffs, Future Looks Bright

September 1, 2014 – 9:01 pm | Comments Off
Despite Missing Playoffs, Future Looks Bright by: David Petschenko   Despite missing the playoffs, this season has been a very bright one for a young CornBelters team. Brooks Carey’s squad has set a franchise record for…

The Season Starts Now

August 25, 2014 – 5:31 pm | Comments Off
The Season Starts Now by: David Petschenko With only nine games remaining in the 2014 campaign, the CornBelters would need nothing short of a miracle to make their way into the playoffs. The Frontier…

Michael Collins Tribute Game

August 20, 2014 – 1:36 am | Comments Off
Michael Collins Tribute Game by: David Petschenko #MCstrong was trending Tuesday night at the Corn Crib as the Normal CornBelters hosted a tribute game to honor Michael Collins, a former ISU student and Heartland…

CornBelters split Sunday twinbill at Florence

August 10, 2014 – 11:12 pm | Comments Off
FLORENCE, Ky. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, rode an opening-game pitching gem from Mike Schweiss for a 3-2 win, but mustered only one hit in a…

Chris Brown tribute concert featuring Brushville

August 10, 2014 – 10:22 am | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, have partnered with the Hudson Firefighters Association to host a Brushville concert on September 20 at the Corn Crib.…

Freedom shut out CornBelters

August 10, 2014 – 10:21 am | Comments Off
FLORENCE, Ky. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, were shut out for only the second time this season in a 4-0 loss to the Florence Freedom on…

CornBelters drop hard-fought doubleheader at Gateway

August 9, 2014 – 9:59 am | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, dropped both ends of a hard-fought doubleheader by the same 4-3 score, the first game in 10 innings, to…

CornBelters and Grizzlies rained out again

August 7, 2014 – 7:51 pm | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, and Gateway Grizzlies were rained out on the second consecutive night Thursday in Sauget. The game will be made…

Oaks has contract purchased by San Diego Padres

August 7, 2014 – 6:09 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – The San Diego Padres have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Alan Oaks from the Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers. Oaks has served as…

CornBelters announce time change for Thursday and Friday

August 7, 2014 – 4:00 pm | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. –The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, announced a time change for their Thursday and Friday night games due to rain in the area. The two teams…

CornBelters and Grizzlies rained out 8/6

August 7, 2014 – 1:12 am | Comments Off
SAUGET, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, and Gateway Grizzlies were rained out in the series opener on Wednesday night in Sauget. The game will be…

Snipes Playoff Update

August 4, 2014 – 5:03 pm | Comments Off
By Zack Carpenter The Lexington Snipes were eliminated from The Midwest Collegiate League playoffs last week, swept by the Southland Vikings, 13-4 and 10-2. The Snipes finished the year with…

Judah named Frontier League player of the week for third time

August 4, 2014 – 3:47 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – Sam Judah was selected as the Frontier League player of the week for the third time this season. The outfielder for the Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois…

Strong pitching leads CornBelters to sweep

August 4, 2014 – 3:45 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, received strong starts on the mound from Mike Schweiss in the opener and a complete game three-hitter from Matt…
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