Virginia Beach Neptunes
|Virginia Beach Neptunes|
|League||Atlantic League of Professional Baseball|
|Location||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Colors||Navy blue, gold, white, silver
|Ownership||Virginia Beach Professional Baseball, LLC|
|General Manager||Joe Pinto|
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).
It was announced in 2015 that the Neptunes would play their home games at Wheeler Field beginning in the 2016 season, but it was later reported that the stadium will open in 2017. A May 2016 report suggested that the team would not be ready even for the 2017 season.
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.
- "Neptunes Announce Stadium Naming Rights Agreement" (Press release). Ballpark Business (BallparkBiz.com). April 21, 2015.
- Skelton, Alissa (November 4, 2015). "Virginia Beach Council approves changes for minor league baseball stadium". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- Ashmore, Mike (May 21, 2016). "Atlantic League President Calls Blue Crabs Reports "Premature"". Courier News. Somerville, New Jersey. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
The Neptunes... have not shown any signs that they'd be able to have anything ready for the upcoming 2017 season.
- "Neptune Festival - Neptune Statue". NeptuneFestival.com. Neptune Festival.
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