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Sharks agree to new lease terms with the city, team gets new skipper

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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- The Wilmington Sharks summer league baseball team has reached an agreement with the city of Wilmington. Sharks general manager Andrew Aguilar explains, "To be able to come out here and announce that we've signed a new five year lease with the option of five more years after that puts comfort in people's minds that we're going to be around."

Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo admits the agreement took a fair amount of time to reach. "It took some time, but obviously when you have a municipal stadium and public property there are all types of concerns that go into it. It's a great feeling though. It's America. It's mom and apple pie and baseball. What else can you say?"

Chris Youngberg served as the Sharks head coach in 2011, but Youngberg will not be returning next season. Ryan McCleney will be the new skipper in 2012. McCleney was a Sharks assistant coach this past summer. He's also an assistant baseball coach at UNC Pembroke. McCleney told WWAY that "We've got a great nucleus coming back and I'm really looking forward to it. We should have a good team with the kids that are coming back and the kids that we've signed already."

We've been told four everyday starters will be coming back next summer: Jake Mayers, Justin Carter, Alex Freedman and Aaron Preston. Summer league action will crank back up in May of 2012.

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Good Deal

this is baseball at its best. You see young, enthusiastic players; some of whom may end up in the Majors one day. But you see them when they play for the thrill of playing and not for some multi-million dollar contract. It's inexpensive; even less expensive than taking in the Myrtle Beach single A team or the departed Kinston Indians.

And they play pretty good ball. The Sharks made the playoffs and ultimately were defeated by the Edenton Steamers which won the league title.

The next time someone proposes spending millions of taxpayer dollars to build a stadium for a minor league team, which may not stay in town that long, tell them you're a Sharks Fan.