Early Signs of Trouble for Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League

Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League LogoThursday, May 21, marked the launch of the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League season with games in Oregon City (OR) at Clackamas Community College baseball field, White Fish (MT) at Memorial Park, and Moses Lake (WA) at Larson Field.

At the home of the Oregon City Turtles, there was a reported crowd of 250, but that number appears quite generous.  View photo here.  We hear the number was under 100, neither team had their uniforms (the Turtles were apparently sporting “Kings” jerseys), and there were no beer sales.  There is more, but you get the picture.

Beyond the story in the local paper, we don’t have much information on the opener at the home of the Glacier Outlaws in White Fish, but you can see a photo here.  Attendance at game time looks less than robust.

The situation for the Moses Lake Rattlesnakes appears to be the most dire.   The teams took the field in t-shirts (no numbers) and worn out pants in front of a crowd 21 fans and a dog.  According to one source, no one was at the gate selling or taking tickets, and there were no concessions operations.  View a photo here and another one below:

Larson Field, Moses Lake Rattlesnakes home opener, May 21, 2015

Larson Field, Moses Lake Rattlesnakes home opener, May 21, 2015

The opener for the Grays Harbor Gulls at Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam (WA) is scheduled for Monday night.  As the flagship franchise, we’ll be very interested to see how it goes.

On an unfortunate end note, it was reported by the ex-wife of founder Mike Greene that he entered the hospital just before the season started because of a medical emergency.  View tweet via @OlySportsBlog.  We don’t know his status, but we wish him well.

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4 responses to “Early Signs of Trouble for Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League

  1. Alex

    I don’t see 510 people there, maybe they are at the concession stand or the beer line.

  2. ballparkbiz

    Here is a panoramic photo of the Olympic Stadium grandstand on Monday night, as the Grays Harbor Gulls kicked off their inaugural home opener via @OlySportsBlog:

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