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RICHMOND, VA (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH) — Bitter recrimination was the order of the day when the Richmond Braves ball club lit out for Gwinnett, Ga., four years ago. The AAA team had demanded a replacement for its aging ballpark, The Diamond, and local officials hadn’t come through. The city and surrounding counties were denounced as the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

Now it’s beginning to look like they dodged a bullet.

County leaders in Gwinnett lured the Braves from Richmond by borrowing millions to build the team a spanking-new stadium. Residents were ecstatic over what the Gwinnett Daily Post termed the fulfillment of "Gwinnett’s dream." A study plumped Gwinnett as "an ideal location" and "one of the strongest markets in the country" for a minor-league club. The paper said surveys showed "overwhelming support" for the proposal.

But the bloom, as they say, is off the rose.

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SurfCityTom
2016 years 2 months ago

the Braves Class A & AA teams were located right down I-64 from Richmond. Made it easy on the players to move up or down in the organization; and probably less expensive as players cover their own relocation costs.

So they move the AAA team to within 30 minutes or so of the Big League franchise.

The primary beneficiary there, the club as it reduces the time required to call a player up.

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

Excellent post. Unfortunately, there are people out there who will still buy into it.

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ChefnSurf
2016 years 2 months ago

Dear Mr. Answer Man,

The other night, on Halloween, two of my friends were arguing over who’s scarier; Carnival Sideshow Barkers or Professional Baseball People. At first I thought that was a really silly argument but, now that I think about it, I’m not so sure. Who’s right?

ILM Taxpayer

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Dear ILM Taxpayer,

That sure sounded like a crazy question at first but, because you live in Wilmington, I can certainly understand why you would ask it.

Carnival Barkers always promise you something that’ll probably never live up to your expectations once you’ve paid them for the price of admission to whatever sideshow they’re… Read more »

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Vog46
2016 years 2 months ago

We’ve been sitting here arguing about this for months and this one article has brought this discussion into very sharp focus:
“The AAA team had demanded a replacement for its aging ballpark, The Diamond, and local officials hadn’t come through. The city and surrounding counties were denounced as the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.”
First many here have said Minor league teams hold their cities hostage – the situation in Richmond proves it to be true.
Second – the gang that couldn’t shoot straight sounds just like the “Kueblerisms” we’ve been hearing. “Not the time for frugality”, “look to the future… Read more »

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