Short-season Vermont owner Ray Pecor, Jr., expressed concern that this might be the Lake Monsters final season in town due to an outdated ballpark that no longer meets facility standards, according to a story in the Burlington Free Press.
Centennial Field, which debuted in 1922, is in need of upgrades to the playing field, the field lighting, dugouts, bullpens and both clubhouses, according to a report prepared for baseball officials that newspaper acquired.
According to the article, Pecor said he expects Major League Baseball (though I think he would first deal with MILB officials) to come down hard on him: “‘You have one of two choices. Either you sell this team, or we are going to take this franchise away, because we have put up with you long enough.’ I don’t want to be put into that position,” Pecor said.
Vermont ranked ninth in the 14-team New York-Penn League last season after drawing 91,351 fans—not a bad showing for a club in a relatively small market with an old ballpark. There is no mention of where Vermont would move to—only the veiled threats of relocating the team. There is also no comment from MILB officials; NYPL president Ben Hayes apparently did not return calls.
Let’s see what we can find out . . .
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