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Ownership emerges for Ramapo Can-Am team

Bottle 9 Baseball is in the final stages of contracting to own a Can-Am Association franchise in Ramapo; the group includes former Yankees catcher John Flaherty, Stephen Mulvey and Ken Lehner.

We have the names of the folks working to bring an independent Can-Am Association team to Ramapo. Bottle 9 Baseball is in the final stages of a franchise agreement; the group includes former Yankees catcher John Flaherty; Stephen Mulvey, a Vero Beach businessman whose family partially owned Dodgertown through 1975; Ken Lehner, whose work experience includes high-level stints with the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes; and Shawn Reilly, a former Mets employee.

That's a pretty impressive pedigree for a Can-Am team. The league has struggled in recent years and is now down to six teams. If the league can make a Ramapo ballpark work, it will be easier to approach other communities for ballpark funding. The new ballpark is expected to cost $25 million and is being designed by the DLR Group. Bottle 9 Baseball will pay for more than a million dollars of the new ballpark cost.

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