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New for 2013: North County Cannons

American West Baseball LeagueJim Hoynes has paid the expansion fee to add the North County Cannons to the independent American West Baseball League for the 2013 season, playing out of Cal State San Marcos.

North County, of course, is the suburban area north of San Diego once envisioned as home to Triple-A baseball, when Jeff Moorad was seeking a new home for the Portland Beavers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). In fact, a new ballpark at Cal State San Marcos was pitched by Moorad as a home for the team. But the numbers never worked, and Moorad turned his sights to Escondido.

Cal State San Marcos is getting its expanded ballpark — but not quite on the scale of a Triple-A facility. Hoynes is putting up temporary bleachers and lights to prepare the ballpark for a 45-game home season in 2013


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