The Savannah (GA) City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to reject building a new baseball stadium at Savannah River Landing for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League). The council will consider the Canal District for a future building site. The mayor expressed interest in renovating Grayson Stadium instead. One aldermen thinks the city should explore bringing in Continue reading
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City of Savannah (GA) staff members are recommending that the proposed new stadium for the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) be considered as a part of the planned Canal District. The recommendation rejects the Savannah River Landing site picked in a recent $55,000 ballpark study. The city council will address the issue on Thursday. Read more here.
Commissioner Bud Selig traced the Tampa Bay Rays’ inability to retain key personnel — at least in part — to the inability to secure a new ballpark. Read more here. Meanwhile, Rays owners Stuart Sternberg has reportedly had discussions with wealthy Wall Street associates about moving the Rays to Montreal. Read more here.
The indy pro American Association is reportedly in talks with Brownsville (TX) about building a new stadium and bringing a franchise to town. Local officials are apparently pleased it’s not the “semi-defunct” United League that has come knockin’. Sources say the league is also looking at New Braunfels (TX). Read more here.
The Oakland A’s and San Jose are still holding out hope of moving the team to a new ballpark in Silicon Valley. The baseball club and its longtime South Bay suitor have agreed on a deal that will extend negotiations for up to another seven years, as the city tries to win approval from the courts or the MLB for the A’s move south. Read more here.
There is really nothing new here, but the Single-A Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn League) will still be operated by the owner of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings (International League) during the 2015 season, and the team is still for sale. As you recall, even though the operator is eating annual financial losses, they will profit handsomely when the Muckdogs are eventually sold based on a deal struck in 2008. Read more here.
Hardball Capital, the group bringing a professional team to Columbia’s (SC) Bull Street development for the 2016 season, has received the required approval from Minor League Baseball. The Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats (South Atlantic League) remain a prime candidate for relocation. Read more here.