They did not have much of a choice but after a delay of a week, the Fresno Grizzlies agreed on staying in affiliated ball but at a lower level though.
”Negotiations between MLB and the city of Fresno to keep the Grizzlies in affiliated baseball have gone into extra innings, but a resolution is at hand,” according to the Fresno Bee.
Coming Thursday during a meeting, the Fresno City Council will vote on new contracts with the Grizzlies’ ownership and MLB designed to keep minor-league baseball in downtown Fresno for at least another decade.
Details of the new agreement, wich includes a reduction in rent for Chukchansi Park, will be discussed by Mayor Lee Brand and Council President Miguel Arias in a 4 p.m. Wednesday video press conference.
For the first time since its inauguration, the Grizzlies will not seve as a top farm team. The club will be part of the California League which was demoted to Low A and become the affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. With the decision to accept MLB’s terms, the fate of the Lancaster JetHawks, who served as a backup plan for MLB in case the Grizzlies would not agree, is sealed.