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  • Todd
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    The fields are all blocked up thanks to the over grown babies who get enjoyment out of hitting a softball thrown underhand at what 10-30 miles per hour? They should be ashamed of themselves. At least the kids are looking for a bit of a challenge by playing baseball!

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I was involved with St. John's Minor Baseball in the 1990s I am so happy to see the registration increase, as this is a wonderful game that makes children use their minds as well as stay active. The mistake made at St. Pat's was turning the field next to the main ballpark into a soccer pitch. The facility could have accommodated two back-to-back minor fields and would have created a wonderful baseball area that combined the minor, junior and senior games. That's what the City should invest in. I agree with Mr. Morgan. It's great that more adults are active, but let's do things for our children. Why are we so selfish that we must only build facilities for ourselves? Do something for the kids - even if the affluent residents around Bannerman Park have to put up with lights and nets. A small price to pay for a city whose recreational infrastructure is an embarassment.

  • nt
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I was involved with minor baseball for many years as a player and an umpire, and I to am pleased to see the number of kids involved increasing. One thing I noticed more so when I was umpiring is that as soon as the sun goes down the games must end and everyone goes home. A possible short term relief to the field shortage would be installation of lights on exsisting fields which currently have none ie. Wiching Well & Terra Nova etc. This could easily add an extra game for younger childern or possibly 2 for older childern where late games are less of a concern. This could easily relieve much pressure in a tight packed schedual and everyone loves to play under the lights. Last off, cheers to Mr. Morgan I know he will represent minor baseball well and his main concern is just to get as many childern possible a chance to play baseball.

    nt

  • Bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    The city has spent a lot of money on soccer. Its time to spread it around a little. We've got baseball and softball players from St. John's playing on the mainland and could have more if we had the facilities to help foster their development.

    Why not look at redeveloping Wishingwell Park into a multifield facility. The current state of the senior field there is atrocius (no drainage, garbage still coming up through the ground from the dump it was built on) and the central location would be fantastic. There's lots of space for multiple softball/minor baseball diamonds that could be used by all.

    I realize St. John's is a small city, but I've lived in similar sized cities on both sides of the border with these kinds of parks.

  • Keepin' It Real
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Why do I always see the name ''Shannie Duff'' and the word ''opposes'' next to each other?

    Anyone?

  • Michael
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    The thought of resrticting a downtown ball field for the exclusive use of ANY group is wrong. You visit any well planned city in the world (i.e. not Halifax) and you will find that the downtown green zones are always for the public's use - all of the public. If you want to a modern facility then take it somewhere else and as suggested, if necessary, find a suitable place to build it. The Bannerman park ball field has always been enjoyed by everyone in the area and when not in use by organized softball you can usually find kids or families playing in the field.

  • LC
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    My son has been playing baseball since the age of five and he really enjoys it( now 14yrs.) We've had to use alot of ill equiped fields over the years while the soccer and softball players get all the nice facilities. Why is this? And now there's talk of Wedgewood Park being lost!! You gotta be kidding me. It's one of the better fields around.We need more places like that with upgrades like dugouts , lighting, nets , and dare I say washroom facilities. So much for the city's( Shameful Shannie) help in keeping our kids more active. I guess that only applies to certain sports. Good luck Mr.Morgan, but I think you're banging you're head against a brick wall. Swing batter batter.

  • Todd
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    The fields are all blocked up thanks to the over grown babies who get enjoyment out of hitting a softball thrown underhand at what 10-30 miles per hour? They should be ashamed of themselves. At least the kids are looking for a bit of a challenge by playing baseball!

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    I was involved with St. John's Minor Baseball in the 1990s I am so happy to see the registration increase, as this is a wonderful game that makes children use their minds as well as stay active. The mistake made at St. Pat's was turning the field next to the main ballpark into a soccer pitch. The facility could have accommodated two back-to-back minor fields and would have created a wonderful baseball area that combined the minor, junior and senior games. That's what the City should invest in. I agree with Mr. Morgan. It's great that more adults are active, but let's do things for our children. Why are we so selfish that we must only build facilities for ourselves? Do something for the kids - even if the affluent residents around Bannerman Park have to put up with lights and nets. A small price to pay for a city whose recreational infrastructure is an embarassment.

  • nt
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    I was involved with minor baseball for many years as a player and an umpire, and I to am pleased to see the number of kids involved increasing. One thing I noticed more so when I was umpiring is that as soon as the sun goes down the games must end and everyone goes home. A possible short term relief to the field shortage would be installation of lights on exsisting fields which currently have none ie. Wiching Well & Terra Nova etc. This could easily add an extra game for younger childern or possibly 2 for older childern where late games are less of a concern. This could easily relieve much pressure in a tight packed schedual and everyone loves to play under the lights. Last off, cheers to Mr. Morgan I know he will represent minor baseball well and his main concern is just to get as many childern possible a chance to play baseball.

    nt

  • Bob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    The city has spent a lot of money on soccer. Its time to spread it around a little. We've got baseball and softball players from St. John's playing on the mainland and could have more if we had the facilities to help foster their development.

    Why not look at redeveloping Wishingwell Park into a multifield facility. The current state of the senior field there is atrocius (no drainage, garbage still coming up through the ground from the dump it was built on) and the central location would be fantastic. There's lots of space for multiple softball/minor baseball diamonds that could be used by all.

    I realize St. John's is a small city, but I've lived in similar sized cities on both sides of the border with these kinds of parks.

  • Keepin' It Real
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Why do I always see the name ''Shannie Duff'' and the word ''opposes'' next to each other?

    Anyone?

  • Michael
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    The thought of resrticting a downtown ball field for the exclusive use of ANY group is wrong. You visit any well planned city in the world (i.e. not Halifax) and you will find that the downtown green zones are always for the public's use - all of the public. If you want to a modern facility then take it somewhere else and as suggested, if necessary, find a suitable place to build it. The Bannerman park ball field has always been enjoyed by everyone in the area and when not in use by organized softball you can usually find kids or families playing in the field.

  • LC
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    My son has been playing baseball since the age of five and he really enjoys it( now 14yrs.) We've had to use alot of ill equiped fields over the years while the soccer and softball players get all the nice facilities. Why is this? And now there's talk of Wedgewood Park being lost!! You gotta be kidding me. It's one of the better fields around.We need more places like that with upgrades like dugouts , lighting, nets , and dare I say washroom facilities. So much for the city's( Shameful Shannie) help in keeping our kids more active. I guess that only applies to certain sports. Good luck Mr.Morgan, but I think you're banging you're head against a brick wall. Swing batter batter.