Despite Carl Bell's attempts to sell the team and LaGrave Field, the Fort Worth Cats will remain in the American Association for the 2010 season.
Despite owner Carl Bell's attempts to sell the team and LaGrave Field, the Fort Worth Cats will remain in the American Association for the 2010 season.
Going into the league meetings this week in Pensacola, there was some doubt as to the future of the team: a potential buyer of the team, the ballpark and 60 acres of land along the Trinity River apparently had been open to moving the team to the competing United League Baseball. And while we're told that's still a possibility for 2011 and beyond, a move out of the American Association may be difficult to pull off given the contracts signed by Bell when Central League teams entered an agreement with Northern League refugees to form the American Association.
Still to be determined: the front-office makeup of the team. Many employees were laid off at the end of the season, and for now Bell will fund and run the franchise. And keep in mind this is just a one-year reprieve for the team; the long-term plans will be determined by whoever ends up with team's assets.
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