Marion County, Florida is announced as the first market for Super Independent Baseball.Super Independent Baseball has announced that Marion County, Florida will be home to an expansion club. The Marion County Club will begin play within the Freedom Division during the 2011 inaugural season of Super Independent Baseball.
“This is a tremendous day for Super Independent Baseball. We are thrilled to announce our inaugural club and very pleased to have the opportunity to assist in bringing professional baseball to Marion County, Florida. We believe the Marion County community will prove to be a great community for hosting an independent professional baseball club.” said SIB President Jamie Toole.
Marion County has a population in excess of 300,000 and has shown substantial growth over the past decade. More information regarding Marion County Professional Baseball will be forthcoming including the announcement of the club’s complete ownership group and plans for the home facility for Marion County Professional Baseball.
If we were to guess where the team will be located, it would be Ocala, the largest city in the county. The summer-collegiate Florida Summer Collegiate League fielded a team in Ocala last summer, but that franchise did not return for the 2009 season. That’s the only sizeable community in the county past the part of The Villages in the southeast corner of the county.