Another Run at Double-A Ball in Ottawa?

Eastern League LogoThe Ottawa newspaper is reporting that Mandalay Baseball Properties and Professional Sports Catering are jointly working with Ottawa mayor Jim Watson’s office on a deal to completely renovate and operate Ottawa Stadium while bringing an existing Double-A Eastern League franchise to the capital city.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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10 responses to “Another Run at Double-A Ball in Ottawa?

  1. IndyFan

    I am not buying that situation…For Mandalay to be involved would not make sense in the case of Binghamton…Mandalay currently manages the Erie franchise and even if it was Binghamton there is absolutely ZERO guarantee that Batavia would have any ability to jump right in. The city which leases that ballpark no for a very very cheap lease would certainly entertain the idea of an RFP and allow not only the New York Penn League but the Atlantic League and any other suitable group to pitch their proposal. Secondly, I would not be shocked if New Hampshire would be the group moving, there has been some noise the past couple of years that the Jays would love to move the affiliation to Ottawa and with the recent move in Buffalo it would be a perfect marriage.

    • ballparkbiz

      As suggested, Mandalay could ditch Erie for Binghamton (if there is money to be made). Batavia would fill the void. The city might put out an RFP, but it is unlikely that any community would choose indy ball over affiliated ball. Frederick (MD) was just playing games with the Keys to extract a better deal. The Fisher Cats aren’t going anywhere. You don’t need to move a team to move an affiliation. As I have said before, if a Double-A team relocates to Ottawa, it will be a Blue Jays affiliate upon relocation or the next available opportunity.

      Alan

      • IndyFan

        On the contrary, Frederick had also had 15+ of which the better part of that the team/market finished in the top 3 in attendance within their league. Not to mention a South Atlantic League with a full schedule of 140+ dates and an affiliation with the Orioles is a far cry from the New York Penn League in a market that rarely topped 3000 people in attendance. I also hear that the Connecticut Tigers would be interested in moving to Binghamton, but the whole situation remains to be seen, I am still not sold on Affiliated ball returning to Ottawa.

      • ballparkbiz

        Look, I am big indy ball fan, and I detest the snobbery and ignorance that surrounds affiliated vs. independent ball, and professional vs. summer collegiate ball (not talking about skills and the quality of play here), but perceptions are perceptions and reality is reality. I expect that there would be more at play here than simply who bids higher for the lease and which team/league can bring the highest number of games to the ballpark. Speaking of the Atlantic League, would they even be interested? The league is not desperate and is doing just fine building new parks, tapping new markets, and maximizing attendance. Maybe the ABL would be interested in the market for the developing ABL2, but that would be less attractive than the NYPL. That said, we’ll just have to wait and see how things develop — or not develop — in Ottawa.

        Alan

  2. patrick

    Alan so in otherwords binghamton will be the team be going to ottawa or erie? or it’s anyones guess?

  3. in the know

    The real winners could turn out to be Rochester who reaps the profits from the sale of Batavia to replace either Erie or Binghamton.

  4. Just Some Internet Guy You Dont Know

    Guess Erie will be on the move.

    • ballparkbiz

      I wouldn’t necessarily say that. It’s probably more likely that they would unload the Wolves for a profit, buy the B-Mets for a good price, and move them.

      Alan

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