The much discussed and rumored shift of two teams from the high Class A California League to its counterpart Carolina League is becoming a reality, just not for next season.
Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Conner told the Bakersfield Californian newspaper that next year will mark the Blaze’s final year in Bakersfield before moving to a Carolina League market. Bakersfield owner D.G. Elmore concurred, telling the Californian: "It’s one last hurrah."
A second team was not named in the article, and my calls to O’Conner and MILB chief operating officer Tim Purpura this morning were not immediately returned. High Desert, which has an out clause for its lease that expires after the 2010 season, would still seem like a favorite to move.
More to come on this.
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