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Virginia Beach Neptunes
Virginia Beach Neptunes
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Information
League Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
Location Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ballpark Wheeler Field
Colors Navy blue, gold, white, silver
                   
Retired numbers 42
Ownership Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC
General Manager Joe Pinto
Website vbneptunes.com

The Virginia Beach Neptunes are a proposed American professional baseball team based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They are planned to be a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They will be the second professional baseball club in the Hampton Roads region after the Norfolk Tides of the International League (AAA).

Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC, was awarded an Atlantic League franchise in April 2013 "after more than three years of effort".[1] In February 2014 the city council approved the team's ballpark proposal with completion expected by April 2015.[2] It was announced in April 2015 that the Neptunes would play their home games at Wheeler Field beginning in the 2016 season,[3] but it was later reported that the stadium would open in 2017.[4] A May 2016 report suggested that the team would not be ready even for the 2017 season.[5] A July 2017 message from the team's Facebook account said, "We are still working diligently to make this happen."[6]

The "Neptunes" name alludes to Virginia Beach's location on the Atlantic Ocean, which was commemorated by a 34 feet (10 m) bronze statue of Neptune on September 30, 2005. It was sculpted by Paul DiPasquale and established by the city's annual Neptune Festival with private donations.[7]

References

  1. ^ Reichard, Kevin (April 8, 2013). "Virginia Beach awarded Atlantic League franchise -- but financing for ballpark remains". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ Fox, Andy (February 11, 2014). "Virginia Beach approves stadium for minor league team". WAVY-TV. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "Neptunes Announce Stadium Naming Rights Agreement" (Press release). Ballpark Business (BallparkBiz.com). April 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Skelton, Alissa (November 4, 2015). "Virginia Beach Council approves changes for minor league baseball stadium". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ Ashmore, Mike (May 21, 2016). "Atlantic League President Calls Blue Crabs Reports "Premature"". Courier News. Somerville, New Jersey. Retrieved 2016. The Neptunes... have not shown any signs that they'd be able to have anything ready for the upcoming 2017 season. 
  6. ^ Virginia Beach Neptunes (July 18, 2017). "does Atlantic League of Professional Baseball..." Facebook. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Neptune Festival - Neptune Statue". NeptuneFestival.com. Neptune Festival. 

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