July 25, 2006
Albany - Baseball is back in Albany.
The city commission Tuesday night unanimously approved a three year lease with the independent South Coast League which will begin play next spring.
And the South Coast League showing their commitment to Albany by presenting the city with a check for $18,000.
The money covers their deposit and rent for the Paul Eames stadium for not only this year but the first quarter of 2007.
Now that the lease is done, South Coast League chief executive officer Patrick Toole says the new team will now put together a staff that will be charged with selling minor league baseball to a community that watched four teams come and go in a span of ten years.
Patrick Toole said "Really re-inventing what minor league baseball is to this community. I think there has been alot of negative things in and around baseball the past three to five years. But there is going to be alot positive here in the next couple of years."
Toole says the team will likely be named after the south Georgia region and that you the fans will get the chance to pick the nickname.
Albany becomes the fifth member of the South Coast League and league officers say they are negotiating to place a sixth team in an undisclosed location in South Carolina.