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Wichita’s minor league baseball team is set to become part of the Minnesota Twins’ organization.

The Wind Surge said Wednesday it has been invited to be Minnesota’s Double-A affiliate.

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Lou Schwechheimer, who brought minor league baseball back to Wichita, has died.

The owner of the Wind Surge never saw his team play in its new stadium because the 2020 season was canceled by the pandemic.

The team said in a news release Wednesday that Schwechheimer died of complications from Covid-19. He was 62.

“There are no words to express the loss of the entire Wind Surge family,” Jared Forma, the team’s senior vice president and general manager said in a statement. “Lou was truly one of a kind, someone who never met a stranger.

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Joe Ruocco began collecting baseball cards in 1954. He’s never stopped.

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Even though it was obvious what the outcome would be, that didn’t make the news any easier to take.

Minor League Baseball — and with it, the Wichita Wind Surge — canceled its 2020 season on Tuesday.

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In the second grade, Jay Miller wrote a paper saying he planned to make a living in baseball.

And he has — not as a player, but as a front office executive for 38 years.

Miller is president of the Wichita Wind Surge, which begins its first season in a new stadium in less than two months.

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Visitors to Wichita's new baseball stadium should expect to pay a little more for some purchases made there.

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By now, you may have heard, and seen, the name and logo for Wichita's new baseball team: the Wind Surge.

The brand came about after months of work, driven in part by acclaimed sports logo designer Todd Radom. In his decades-long career, Radom has crafted logos for the Los Angeles Angels, the Washington Nationals, the Cleveland Browns, and Super Bowl XXXVIII — but his true passion is baseball.

After managing the Kansas City Royals to some of the club’s greatest glories and long stretches as one of the worst teams in baseball, Ned Yost has announced he’ll retire at the end of the 2019 season.

When the Royals finish their latest 100-loss season at home against Atlanta and Minnesota this week, Yost will leave behind more than a few memorable moments. 

The Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County served the Kansas City T-Bones with an eviction notice.

The UG cites more than $700,000 in unpaid rent and utilities as the reason for the eviction notice.

T-Bones president Adam Ehlert released a statement late in the day. He called the timing a surprise and said that the organization was “shocked by what appears to be this capricious action.”

The T-Bones have been up for sale for almost a year, but in the statement, Ehlert said that a sale would not come during the season.

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The process to name Wichita's new baseball team has begun.

Wichita Baseball 2020 will release seven potential team names over the next few months to gauge public reaction.

The first name, the River Riders, was shared on social media Thursday morning. There was some initial confusion over whether this was the new name, but team officials later clarified that it is the start of the process.

The names that will be released were drawn from about 3,000 suggestions submitted by fans. Team officials say an official name, logo and team colors will be revealed in November.

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