Prospect League

Prospect League Notebook: Gems change color scheme, Cape Girardeau franchise named, Tennessee may get team

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 30, 2018 12:01 am

Quincy Gems fans may have noticed a change on the club's web site and social media accounts during the offseason.

The Gems are getting a new look.

The franchise is ditching the blue and green color scheme and is going with a red, blue and gray look. Updated logos appeared on the team's online accounts during the winter.

The color scheme is a nod to the original one the Gems had when they played in the Central Illinois Collegiate League in the 1990s.

"We're going back to our roots," Gems owner Jimmie Louthan said. "That's where we got the idea from."

The Gems will have all-new uniforms, hats and signs that will be with the updated colors.

Gems, Hoots honor season tickets

The return of baseball to Hannibal also is a plus for fans of the Gems.

The Hannibal Hoots and Gems have given their season tickets extra value. Anyone who purchased Hoots' season tickets got tickets for the 30 home games at Clemens Field and also received tickets for the seven road games in Quincy at QU Stadium. Fans who bought Gems' season tickets got 30 home games and also received tickets for the eight road games in Hannibal.

"It really helps the value of the ticket," Hoots general manager Matt Stembridge said. "We tried to pack as much value as we could into the tickets."

Louthan says the plan is continue the deal for future seasons.

"It's a no brainer for us and Hannibal," Louthan said. "We need each other to survive. It's building the rivalry."

Cape Girardeau team named

The franchise in Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been officially named the Cape Catfish and will join the Prospect League for the 2019 season.

The Catfish will be the league's 12th team and will likely play in the West Division, which now consists of Quincy, Hannibal, Springfield, Danville, Terre Haute and Lafayette. Expect Lafayette to make the move to the East Division next season.

The named was chosen from a fan vote. Fans chose among Catfish, Steamboats and Bluebirds. Catfish won with 37 percent of the vote.

"Our goal from the beginning was to find a name with a significant connection to the area," Catfish general manager Mark Hogan said in a press release. "Anyone who's tried to reel in a catfish knows they put up a fight. That's exactly what this team will bring to each game -- energy, excitement and aggression."

Propsect League could be returning to Tennessee

The Prospect League could be making a return to the Volunteer State.

According to the Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, Tenn., a sports complex being built in the town of 150,000 people 50 miles northwest of Nashville will feature a baseball stadium. The City Council also requested information to create a proposal for Clarksville to have its own Prospect League team.

Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien declined to confirm Clarksville will be getting a franchise -- but he didn't deny it.

"I don't want to steal their thunder," Bastien said. "But if you do some research online, you can probably figure it out. In fact, they had their stadium funding pass last Friday."

If Clarksville lands a team, it will be the second club from Tennessee to play in the Prospect League. The Nashville Outlaws played in the Prospect League for two seasons before folding in 2011.