Brian Grant Takes The Mound (UPDATED with a "Never Mind")

The Portland Beavers have had added a nice touch to next Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star game in PGE Park — ex-Portland Trail Blazer Brian Grant will was going to throw out the first pitch. Grant, who recently revealed he had Parkinson's disease, is a fan favorite for Portlanders who remember him well as a stand-up guy on and off the court during his stint with the Blazers from 1997 to ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 HANK STERN

The Beaverton Beavers? Mayor Doyle Responds.

The Beaverton Beavers may not be just the name of a high school mascot, if Merritt Paulson and the City of Portland don't find a new location for the Portland Beavers Triple-A baseball team in the City of Roses by Aug. 1. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle is in France for most of the week on a visit to a sister city. But word is leaking out anyway that Beaverton officials have, in fact, reached out ...   More
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland City Council OK's Remodel of PGE Park For Major League Soccer

The $31 million revamp of PGE Park, which will allow Major League Soccer to begin play there in 2011 and force the Portland Beavers to find a new baseball home, was approved Thursday by the City Council. The vote on the resolution (PDF) authorizing the city's term sheet (or as Mayor Sam Adams put it, the "basic concepts and shape" of the deal with more definitive details to come) with Merritt ...   More
Thursday, July 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Biggi Family To Beaverton: We're Not Playing Ball On A Stadium Deal

So much for any prospect that the Biggi family in Beaverton might change its mind and willingly sell its property around the now-defunct Westgate Theater so the Portland Beavers could move into a new minor league baseball stadium there. After the jump is the statement released this morning by the Biggi family — a major landowner in Beaverton and the principals in an 80-year-old horseradish- ...   More
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 HANK STERN

Breaking: Merritt Paulson Abandons Beaverton

Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson has just withdrawn his proposal to build a new Triple-A baseball stadium in Beaverton. Here's his Dear John letter [PDF] to Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. In the letter, Paulson says the lack of a stadium location under city control and no firm financial commitment yet in place from the city add up to make it impossible to meet the timelines needed to have ...   More
Friday, October 30, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

A Baseball Story Other Than The World Series

Here's a riddle: What do you get when you cross Don Bauder of the San Diego Reader, who's written critically before in that alt-weekly about San Diego's major league baseball stadium with the fact that the major-league San Diego Padres are the parent team of Portland's Triple-A Beavers? Answer: A piece published today in the Reader in which Bauder links efforts to promote moving the Beavers ...   More
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 HANK STERN

Paulson Again Clarifies Statements In Beaverton

Two months ago, Timbers/Beavers owner Merritt Paulson confused Portland officials when he told Beaverton pols this, according to The Oregonian: "[I]f I don't get a baseball deal done, I'm not going to finalize the deal with Portland. So MLS will not come to Portland unless I do a deal for a new baseball park." Paulson — who has since withdrawn his baseball stadium proposal in Beaverton— ...   More
Monday, December 21, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor's Staff Insists Construction Risk Falls on Paulson

The new resolution Mayor Sam Adams will bring to City Council on Wednesday will allow Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers and Beavers, to begin limited construction at PGE Park immediately -- before the city inks a final financial agreement with Paulson and his Peregrine LLC. The mayor's office calls this work "non-construction" because it's "stuff that can be done that can be undone." Last ...   More
Monday, January 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

City Council Votes 3-2 To Give Merritt Paulson Green Light on Preliminary Stadium Work

Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Randy Leonard voted this morning to give Merritt Paulson's company the green light to perform limited construction work at PGE Park -- even without a final financial agreement in place. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish voted no, with Fish noting that there are 81 issues still in dispute between the city and Paulson. The 3-2 split ...   More
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Homeless Portland Beavers May Get in Line for Stimulus Dollars

Glum Portland Beavers fans today saw Portland City Council vote to turn PGE Park into a soccer (and football) only stadium, which means the century-plus old baseball team will join the ranks of the city's homeless after it plays the 2010 season. But out in Washington County, Beaverton city officials —who made an unsuccessful run at landing the Beavers last year— are exploring the ...   More
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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