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A little Milb-A baseball history

Supporters say Wilmington is a baseball town. In spite of a failed AA level team and a failed A level team. Here's how other Carolina League teams have faired staying put.......
Team....................year founded....in existence
Carolina Mudcats..........1978...............34 years
Fredrick Keys.............1989...............23 years
Lynchburg Hillcats........1963...............49 years
M Beach Pelicans..........1998...............14 years
Potomac Nationals.........1978...............34 years
Salem Red Sox.............1968...............44 years
Wilington (Del) Blue Rocks1993...............19 years
W/Salem Dash..............1945...............67 years

/A lot of these teams changed their affiliations over the years or were bought and sold - but they were established. The major league teams could look at Lynchburg and say "baseball is pretty popular there we can build a stadium and make it work"
In other cases (like Winston Salem) the team played at a college field first and out grew that field but in most of the case these teams were located near large population areas. Potomac is near DC, Fredrick is near Alexandria VA and Washigton, Carolina Mudcats - Zebulon/Raleigh.
They played, they got established, then they got good stadiums.
We seem to be putting the cart before the horse. WE are building the Taj Mahal in the hopes it will be filled. Yet, the team we're getting is very disappointing in the attendance figures. Our history with Mil-A ball says we don't support that level of play.
But the proponents want to charge ahead in spite of our history. Its kinda like doing test marketing. After two attempts once has to wonder if the product is worth the effort.
Of course what we're offering here is to pay for the test marketing in spite of our past failures. The chances are we'll fail again - only this time we'll be on the hook for up to $42M and you know what? After 3 failed attempts how many other teams will look at us? NONE !
So why build it? Its not like a hotel. A hotel fails - the building is still there - another chain could come in and take over, or it could be renovated for other businesses. A stadium is a basically a single purpose building for sport and other outdoor events. It would have to be demolished and entirely rebuilt to suit a new business.
History says established teams do well with new stadiums
History says we don't support minor league baseball
And although Terry and Chuck would like to do it - you can't change history.....

Best Regards
Vog

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