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Salvi buys Schaumburg lease, will own new team

American AssociationPat Salvi, owner of the Gary SouthShore RailCats (independent; American Association), has bought the Alexian FIeld lease from Alan Oremus and has appointed Andy Viano as team president of the as-yet-unnamed Schaumburg team.

The future of the Schaumburg team, originally slated to play in the American Association, has been in doubt in several weeks; there had been talks to place the team in the independent Frontier League (where Oremus’s other team, the Joliet Slammers play) and Oremus was reportedly facing financial issues unrelated to baseball. In the end, he decided to sell the Alexian Field lease to Salvi.

The Slammers crew, including GM John Dittrich, had been overseeing upgrades to Alexian Field per the new lease with the city, which was open for bidding after the Schaumburg Flyers (independent; Northern League) were evicted for nonpayment of rent.

Several other RailCats employees will be making the move to Schaumburg, including PR director Ed McCaskey and director of marketing and promotions David Salvi. Kevin Spudic replaces Viano as president/general manager of the RailCats.


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