“I can confirm that I have been in detailed discussions for months with the San Antonio Missions. The Missions are committed to being a partner in a downtown baseball project and are exploring every option available to bring a Triple-A baseball club to San Antonio,” Taylor said. “However, Minor League Baseball will have to approve any teams moving into or out of our city.”
San Antonio mayor, Ivy Taylor hinted this last week during her annual State of the City address.
How clear can it be? The location remains a question. It is speculated that the location wlll be downtown San Antonio. This remains to be seen because the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs have the right to veto an eventual downtown ballpark plan as it interferes with their ticket sales.
Next week an announcement is expected by the owners of the San Antonio Missions, Elmore Sports Group and the city of San Antonio. Members of the Elmore Sports Group is owner of many ball clubs. The Inland Empire 66ers (California League), the Bakersfield Blaze (also California League), Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), Helena Brewers (Pioneer League), Idaho Falls Chukars (also Pioneer League) and… surprise, surprise… the Colorado Springs SkySox (Pacific Coast League). The latter is the AAA team that is owned by the group. And that team is stuck in an aging stadium, the highest located stadium in professional baseball, in which it is hard to develop pitching.
But perhaps, an other construction has been developed. It can also be that Elmore will sell the Sky Sox and buy another PCL franchise that is a likely candidate to be moved. One thing is for sure: The San Antonio Missions will be on the move. Most likely city to move to is Amarillo, that is working on a stadium plan for a long time. The city hasn’t kept it a secret that it wants an AA team.
Next week more in this theatre.