MiLB Chief Gives False Hope to Kinston?

Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Connor was at Grainger Stadium in Kinston (NC) last Thursday to visit with representatives of the Kinston Indians (Class A Advanced, Carolina League).  Unforuntately, O’Connor stroked the community into thinking that short-season professional ball could return to Kinston, after the Indians move to Zebulon (NC) to replace the Carolina Mudcats (Double-A Southern League), which are relocating to Pensacola (FL) at the end of this season.

O’Connor should pull the plug on MiLB’s PR/spin machine, as any suggestion that affiliated ball could return to Kinston is pretty disingenuous, unless we are talking about Appalachian League (Rookie) ball.  The reality is, MiLB has outgrown this community of under 25,000, the confines of historic Grainger Stadium, and the team’s under 1,800 per game average attendance.  It is time for locals to start thinking about a high-level summer collegiate Coastal Plain League franchise as a replacement.  Read more here.

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