Another reshuffling of minor league clubs at hand?

Suns to Spotsylvania County?

The Hagerstown Suns (former club of Dutchie Spencer Kieboom) are in the attention of Spotsylvania County. A proposed ballpark deal with Fredericksburg fell through, so the team is looking for a new place to move to. Eventhough Hagerstown has made a proposal, the Suns favored Fredericksburg’s offer. But now the deal with the latter is dead, perhaps Hagerstown can step in again. But previous negotiations with Hagerstown failed because the city and it’s partners could not find sufficient funds to close the deal. The same happened with Fredericksburg.

Anyhow, Spotsylvania County has made a proposal for a 5,500-seat ballpark plan that would cost the county $27.75 million on the ballpark (including interest costs) and $15 million on a parking lot. The Suns would invest $8 million in the ballpark and pay $150,000 annually in lease payments.

The current lease with Hagerstown’s Municipal Ballpark will end at the end of the 2016 season.

Fayetteville (N.C) is calling for new MiLB ballpark

It appears that one Carolina League (A Advanced level) team is willing to move, so the city officials has discussed a new downtown ballpark. But the move of this minor league team is rather complicated.
It all starts with the Binghamton Mets of the AA Eastern League. The team was negotiating with Main Street Baseball, that is owning several minor league baseball clubs like the High Desert Mavericks, the Quad Cities RiverBandits and the Billings Mustangs, and another party. Now Main Street Baseball claims that the company had struck a deal with the owners of the B-Mets already. So if this is true, MSB will move the team to Wilmington in Delaware. But… They own the current team in Wilmington, the BlueRocks, aldready. This would mean that the BlueRocks need to move. An option that has been mentioned is Kinston (NC), former hometown of the Kinston Indians. But the club did not draw too well, so it was sold and moved to Zebulon, NC to become the Carolina Mudcats. Kinston is a community with only 59,000 inhabitants and this is actually too small to support a minor league team. So Kinston may not be a real option.

And at this point the city of Fayetteville shows up. Fayetteville was home to the Generals from 1987 until 1996. The team also plays a part in the movie Bull Durham. With a military base in the area, downtown Fayetteville deteriorated pretty much in the years when the Generals played there. But in the last few years, downtown has been cleaned up and there are more brew pubs and restaurants instead of stripclubs. This downtown upgrade brought up the idea of building a downtown ballpark. Nothing is set in stone yet especially when it is not clear yet if the BlueRocks will move.

But you can bet that this story doesn’t finish here.

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