We could lose our team to Biloxi.
We surely aren't their first choice, but it could happen.
BILOXI WANTS IT
The Biloxi effort is confident that they will land a team in the Southern league. It will be an existing franchise and to that end they have hired a full time employee to make it happen. The city has conceded that they may not be ready to throw out the first pitch this April, but have been quoted as saying they hope to land a team midseason.
|Proposed Beau Rivage Stadium|
I think a midseason move is highly unlikely, but a team in Biloxi is almost a sure thing considering the amount of cash the city is willing to spend. That means a team on the Ms gulf coast is coming the following season, 2015.
The Biloxi crew hope to make an announcement by mid-August, but I suspect that it will be delayed until sometime around the Winter Meetings.
JACKSON AINT GIVIN IT UP
HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUES
|The Joe is bad off|
The Stars are the main target, but they may also use their position to force the city to build a new ballpark. There are discussions about a new yard near the civic center, designed to keep the team in the city.
THE AFFILIATE SHUFFLE
The Generals are signed to a PDC, player development contracts, with their major league affiliate the Mariners through 2014, the same as the Huntsville Stars with their parent club of Milwaukee. Also up after 2014 are the Cubs and Smokies, the Jacksonvile Suns and Marlins, the D-Bax and Mobile Baybears, LAD and the Chattanooga Lookouts and your Montgomery Biscuits.
The only teams NOT needing to find or re-up on their affiliations are the Miss.Braves (who own their double-A franchise) and the brand new Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
The Wahoos have a four year PDC with the Reds, which seems to be a standard thing with "new" teams. The Skitz were born in 04 and had a four year deal with Tampa, after which two year renewals have been the norm for teams in the SL, though we also got a four year extension in 2010.
|DiamondJaxx/Cubs affiliate now the Generals for Seattle|
It also means even if we keep our team, we may end up with a different big league team sending us players.
WHERE DOES BILOXI FIT?
With Biloxi now focused on fielding a team in the Southern league by April of 2015, they will have ample opportunity to lure a team. If Jackson Tn keeps the Generals and IF Huntsville isn't available due to political issues, who then goes?
NUMBERS DO THE TALKINGNow Biscuits do fine in the attendance totals, but its a matter of economics. Since it is a business, the bottom line will paint a picture of who is likely to head to the new park built on BP oil spill money.
Lets take the Generals off the table, they say they wont move.
Lets toss out the Stars and their political issues.
The Braves own their own team, so take them out, they aren't moving.
|We still have cotton on the league seal? Ouch|
We can probably throw out Mobile too, since they have been awarded the 2015 SL AllStar Game, obviously the league office expects them to be there for the event.
I think its reasonable to say that we have at least a 33% chance of losing our team if there is any hangup with the sale of the Stars and their move from Huntsville to Biloxi.
Its not likely, but how many times have you gotten wet when the weatherman told you there was a 30% chance of rain?
|Montgomery under the Rain Turtle|