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Portland Diamond Project Q&A: Darwin Barney provides updates on MLB to PDX

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Portland Diamond Project Q&A: Darwin Barney provides updates on MLB to PDX

The movement to bring Major League Baseball to Portland is gaining traction. 

To catch baseball fans up with the latest news, former major leaguer, Oregon State infielder and Portland Diamond Project investor, Darwin Barney, took to Twitter to answer a few of your questions on the latest MLB to PDX news.

Here's a wrap-up of Tuesday's Q&A: 

On whether the Portland Diamond project would be interested in an AA or AAA team:

On the most difficult part of the MLB to PDX process:

On one pitcher and one position player Barney would start the franchise with: 

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On who Barney would choose to lead Portland as skipper to the World Series in 2023:

On how a farm system would shape up for a potential expansion team:

On if there are other teams with a similar initiative:

On whether Barney could join Portland's roster: 

To stay tuned to all of the latest updates, head on over to @PDXDiamondProj on Twitter.

Russell Wilson takes over Portland Diamond Project Twitter to provide updates on MLB to PDX

Russell Wilson takes over Portland Diamond Project Twitter to provide updates on MLB to PDX

When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t launching 53-yard bombs to Tyler Lockett in the end zone, the Super Bowl Champion and perennial Pro Bowler is on a quest to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.

Wilson is one of the investors and co-founders of the Portland Diamond Project, a group that is leading the push in bringing a baseball team to the Rose City. 

The two-sport athlete was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He recent participated in spring training games for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. Now, he wants to build a baseball community in Portland. 

Wilson took over the PDX Diamond Project’s Twitter account to answer your questions. Here’s a wrap up from today’s Q&A. 

On which baseball players he looked up to growing up: 

On whether he plans on getting any other athletes involved in the project: 

On how soon Portland could have a ballpark:

On whether or not the Mariners and Portland's baseball team could build a rivalry: 

On where fans can buy a PDX Diamond Project baseball jersey seen here

On whether or not Wilson will attend baseball games, and if so, who does he want to see: 

On a timeframe for a possible opening pitch: 

On his favorite baseball memory: 

For more information on how you can help bring MLB to PDX, visit the Portland Diamond Project's website here

Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman goes No. 1 overall in the MLB Draft to the Baltimore Orioles

Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman goes No. 1 overall in the MLB Draft to the Baltimore Orioles

With the first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Baltimore Orioles select... Adley Rutschman, catcher from Oregon State University.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year adds one more accolade to his already impressive resume. The Oregon State junior catcher has been nothing short of stellar throughout his three-year career in Corvallis, Oregon and now finds himself at the top of the MLB’s most wanted list. 

Rutschman is the fifth catcher selected No. 1 overall in the MLB draft (1966: Steve Chilcott, Mets; 1970: Mike Ivie, Padres; 1971: Danny Goodwin, White Sox (did not sign); 1975: Danny Goodwin, Angels; 2001: Joe Mauer, Twins).

Let’s take a look at his career at Oregon State and what makes him such a desirable prospect at the majors:

- Catcher with a dagger for an arm. He can get out of his stance and zip a bullet to second in no time at all and with pinpoint accuracy to catch players stealing second.

- Switch-hitter. Rutschman finished the 2019 season with a .411 batting average. If you look at the statistics alone, he had better numbers during his sophomore season which resulted in opposing pitchers to not want to pitch to him the next season. Rutschman was walked 76 times his junior season (23 more than his sophomore season), struck out just 38 times, and hit 17 home runs. 

If you missed it, Cincinnati coach Scott Googins intentionally walked Rutschman during the NCAA Regionals with the bases loaded and a 5-2 lead… Rutschman is that good. 

- A leader that you want to follow. No social media, majoring in finance, and a member of the National Honor Society at Sherwood High School (just 75 miles north of Corvallis). 

His teammates rave about him. “It’s all been said about him, you can’t say enough good things,” said teammate Alex McGarry after the NCAA Regionals tournament in Corvallis last weekend. “The kind of leader and passion he has for the game, it’s something that we all feed off.”

“Shoot, I think last year kind of proved it in a nutshell,” said teammate and childhood friend Zak Taylor. “I remember sitting in the dugout, we were playing UNC, Rutsch had a double to center and I think we scored three runs on the play. He looked at me and said ‘You know I think I could go could pretty high in the draft next year.’ We both kind of laughed about it but seeing it come full circle now in the position he is, I think a team is dumb not to take him first overall.”

- An overall athlete. Rutschman displayed his athletic abilities not just on the baseball diamond, but on the gridiron as well. During his freshman year, Rutschman was the placekicker for the Beavers on kickoffs, averaging 59.5 yards per kick, totaling 20 touchbacks.

From our very own Dwight Jaynes: 

“No question in my mind he is the best baseball prospect to come out of this state since Dale Murphy in 1974. Murphy, from Wilson High, was also a catcher and was taken No. 5 by the Atlanta Braves and turned out to be a two-time National League Most Valuable Player. Rutschman is probably not the defensive player Murphy was at that time, but is projected as a better hitter. He has power from both sides of the plate and has great understanding of the strike zone. Also an outstanding leader who should have a quick path to the big leagues.”

Thank you for an illustrious career with the Beavers and good luck at the majors, Adley!

More on Rutschman:

READ: Rutschman named Pac-12 Player of the Year

READ: Get to know Oregon State's baseball star Adley Rutschman

WATCH: Rutschman focused on making memories with the Beavers

Harold Reynolds goes one-on-one with Adley Rutschman

Harold Reynolds goes one-on-one with Adley Rutschman

Adley Rutschman is arguably one of the greatest players in the long history of Oregon State Baseball. With the MLB Draft just a days away, Rutshcnman can expect to hear his name called early. The consensus No.1 player in the draft class, Rutschman looks to turn his impressive college career into a brilliant career in the major leagues. 

With the Beavers set to host NCAA Regionals starting on Friday, Rutschman's focus will be on the Beavers making a return trip to Omaha. But on Monday, June 3rd, his focus will be on Major League Baseball. 

Ahead of the draft, Ruthschman sat down for an interview with former MLB star, and Oregon native Harold Reynolds of the MLB Network. How does Rutschman keep his focus on Oregon State with all the MLB noise? How has his family impacted his playing style? What does he think of the Orioles potentially selecting him No.1 overall?  You can find out in the interview below.

PDP issues update on status of Terminal 2

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PDP issues update on status of Terminal 2

The Portland Diamond Project (PDP) continues to work with the Port of Portland in hopes of securing a site for a future baseball stadium. Today, the PDP released some updated info as they continue to research the site and its baseball future. Below is the official press release from the PDP:

PDP Statement on T2 Extension:

Portland Diamond Project continues to evaluate Terminal 2 as the preferred site for a ballpark and mixed-use development. We have come to an agreement with the Port of Portland for up to six months of extensions to continue the due diligence period.

Port of Portland Statement:

The Portland Diamond Project asked for more time for due diligence at Terminal 2 and we feel comfortable extending the timeline.

Will Portland Diamond Project be paying the Port of Portland for the extensions?

Yes. PDP will pay the Port $37,500 for each month of additional due diligence.

When are the payments due?

PDP will pay the first Monthly Extension Fee in the amount of $37,500 on or before June 1, 2019 and will also pay five successive payments of the Monthly Extension Fee in the amount of $37,500 each, on or before the 1st day of July, August, September, October and November of 2019.

What happens when the six months are up?

At that point, we’ll enter next phase of cementing our partnership with the Port to develop this property.

Is PDP considering other sites?

We love the opportunity that Terminal 2 presents for a ballpark on the waterfront and a new neighborhood that extends the central city. We have an agreement to continue evaluating Terminal 2 and that’s where our energy is focused.

So, you’re considering other sites?

We’re focused on Terminal 2, but we’ll be pursuing all options that make sense until shovels are in the ground.

Portland Diamond Project reveals new renderings of proposed ballpark

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Portland Diamond Project reveals new renderings of proposed ballpark

It’s been two years since the Portland Diamond Project came to fruition, so happy PDP Day!

In celebration of the project’s anniversary to bring a major league baseball team to Portland, the Portland Diamond Project released new stadium renderings of the Rose City's future ballpark. 

The MLB to PDX stadium features a retractable roof, gondola suite, and centerfield and home-plate plazas, among other features. The capacity of the ballpark is expected seat between 32,000 and 34,000 fans.  

Take a look:


In November, the project signed an agreement in principle to develop the Port of Portland’s 45 acre Terminal 2 Property as the future home for Portland baseball.

So far, the project has gained lots of traction from the Portland community. A petition to show MLB officials the need for a fanbase has gained over 30,000 signatures.

Celebrate PDP Day and the project's goal to bring Major League Baseball to Portland on Wednesday at the Portland Diamond Project store across the street from Providence Park.

A 'step-back season' for the Seattle Mariners? Not so fast...

A 'step-back season' for the Seattle Mariners? Not so fast...

Teardown, rebuild, reimagine. These were all words used to describe the future of the Seattle Mariners when Seattle made nine trades this offseason, shedding itself of lofty salaries and hefty contracts.

But fast forward half a year and the phrase "step-back season," that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto coined to describe the 2019 season has all but dissipated, Seattle is off to its best start in club history. 

That was a surprise.

The M’s just can’t stop hitting home runs and they’ve racked up a monster 98 runs for an average of 8.2 runs per game. With a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday, the Mariners now have the best record in baseball to this point in the year.

Edwin Encarnación hit two home runs during an eight-run sixth inning against Kansas City, two of the five homers hit in the game. 

Seattle now has 32 home runs—the most of any team in MLB in the first dozen games. The Mariners didn’t hit 32 homers until their 26th game of the season last year.

Domingo Santana, who hit 30 home runs and stole 17 bases for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017, has been a key player for the Mariners this season. The outfielder has 19 RBI’s through 12 games, the most in the AL, tying a Major League lead with Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger. Jay Bruce (6), Tim Beckham (4) and Encarnación (4) have all provided a spark for the home-run happy Mariners.

So, are the Mariners the real deal? In this moment, the answer is yes.

The Astros are still the favorites to win the AL West, but the Mariners are definitely the team to watch. 

Portland Diamond Project Q&A: What's new with MLB to PDX

Portland Diamond Project Q&A: What's new with MLB to PDX

Craig Cheek, President and Managing Director of the Portland Diamond Project, took over the PDXDiamondProj's social media account on Monday to talk MLB to PDX. 

Here’s a wrap-up of what Cheek, a former vice president at Nike who oversaw training, baseball and football operations, had to share from today’s Twitter Q&A.

On when the project will break ground: 

On when the Portland Diamond Project hopes the first home opener will take place:

On how likely MLB to PDX will happen on a scale of 1-100:

On potential transportation options to the ballpark:

On whether fans will be able to use boat transportation to access the ballpark:

On whether the stadium will be a hitters or pitchers park:

On potential sites for MLB spring training: 

On how Mariners fans will be accomodated in Portland:

On obstacles left to face: 

To stay tuned to all of the latest updates, head on over to @PDXDiamondProj on Twitter.

Batter up: Russell Wilson will return to Yankees spring training

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Batter up: Russell Wilson will return to Yankees spring training

It’s time for Russell Wilson to dust off those baseball cleats: the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is stealing second base again.

Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told the MLB Network Radio this week that the Super Bowl champion quarterback will report to spring training for the second-straight year in a New York Yankees uniform.

Russell Wilson plays…baseball?

Prior to being selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson played second base at North Carolina State before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies, where he spent two seasons.

From 2010-11, Wilson logged 379 total plate appearances in the Class A Advanced level, logging a .229 average, five home runs, and 19 stolen bases, according to MLB.com.

He was acquired from the Rockies by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft, and traded to the New York in 2018, where he finally fulfilled his dream of wearing a Yankees uniform.

During his first spring training at-bat, Wilson struck out on a left-hander from Braves pitcher Max Fried.

Staying connected to baseball

While Wilson has become a star on the gridiron, he has stayed involved with the baseball community. Recently, he became an investor in the Portland Diamond Project, a group committed to bring a Major League Baseball franchise to the Rose City. 

The project settled on the Terminal 2 site as the future home for Major League Baseball in Portland last month, but the movement is still stuck on first base.

The group will need to lure a franchise to the City of Roses or Major League Baseball will need to grant the city an expansion team in order for Portland to join the 32-team league.