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Mississippi Braves — Some things new, some things old for 2016

The 8,480-seat Trustmark Park will open for its 11th season, this time against Pensacola.

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Braves will have the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in town April 7 to mark the start of their  11th season at Pearl’s Trustmark Park. First pitch is 7 p.m. The 2016 season for the Double A Southern League club brings the return of many of the same promotions as last year, minus the bobblehead doll giveaways ...

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Braves’ GM Steve DeSalvo joins local ALS board

Steve DeSalvo, general manager of the Mississippi Braves, has joined the board of directors of The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter. A native of Centereach, NY, and a resident of Brandon, DeSalvo is in his 29th season with the Braves’ AA franchise and his 35th season in professional baseball. He was named Executive of the Year by the Southern League in ...

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Change is consistent in concessions for Mississippi Braves

Concessions stands at Trustmark Park are like operating a half-dozen small restaurants, the concessions manager says.

Among things that make Felicia Thompson’s job as concessions manager for the Mississippi Braves more manageable: Habits of baseball fans are as predictable as a seventh-inning stretch. That does not mean their habits stay the same year after year. If they did, the hotdog would still be the king of the concession stand. Somewhere over the years, concession stands at ...

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Operations keeps show moving — and then there’s gum

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Sixteen or so hours overseeing game-day maintenance and clean-up inside Trustmark Stadium normally makes sleep a cinch for 28-year-old Chris Hornberger, the stadium’s operation manager. But there’s always the gum to think about – or more precisely, the already-been-chewed variety that fans leave on the surface of the wrap-around mezzanine. If not scrapped up right away, the gum turns black ...

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Fun at the ol’ Ballpark — Staff spends hours preparing, planning before gates open at Trustmark Park

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Dave Burke has spent a quarter century selling minor league baseball from the Texas prairie to New York’s Hudson Valley and parts in between. He signed on as sales director with the Mississippi Braves five years ago. Last year, he brought home attendance to 211,200 fans, averaging 3,152 tickets sold over 67 home dates. That’s a level not seen since ...

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M-Braves announce opening day roster

The Mississippi Braves, Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, is proud to unveil its Opening Day roster for the 2015 season which begins Thursday, April 9 at Trustmark Park. As ranked by Baseball America, the M-Braves club features four of the Atlanta Braves top 30 prospects including Jason Hursh (6), Rio Ruiz (11), Tyrell Jenkins (12) and Mallex Smith (19). Hursh went ...

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ALAN TURNER: The Mississippi Braves — a 100-win season?

  Steve DeSalvo, general manager of the Mississippi Braves, is currently in his 29th year with the Braves organization, having started when the minor league team was based in Greenville, S.C.  He is a man with a passion for the sport. “I love baseball,” he said in a recent meeting. “My dream job was always going to be in baseball….not ...

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Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about hosting players, Jim Bishop, the team’s assistant general manager, said, “Stopping in Mississippi on their path of aspiring to ...

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Baseball stadium for Farish Street? It’s possible

JACKSON, Mississippi — The City of Jackson, Jackson State University and Tim Bennett, owner of Overtime Sports, may begin talks in the next few weeks on the feasibility of building a baseball stadium for JSU in the Historic Farish Street District. “This is just in the observation stages,” said Bennett, who was the force behind moving the Mississippi Braves to ...

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