With other independent and summer-collegiate leagues pitching Worcester officials on a Fitton Field lease, Can-Am League Commissioner Miles Wolff is working on a plan to keep the city in his circuit.
It’s no secret other leagues, such as a startup feeder league from the independent Atlantic League, would like to be playing out of Fitton Field when the circuit launches in 2014. And it’s no secret a summer-collegiate team from the likes of the Futures League could begin play at a pro-level facility next season.
So Worcester and Holy Cross officials have some flexibility when it comes to determining the future of baseball in the city — future left wide open after the demise of the Worcester Tornadoes (independent; Can-Am League). Wolff, who responded to that meltdown by banishing owner Todd Breighner from the league, has recruited potential new owners to keep the city as a Can-Am outpost: Baltimore businessman Daniel DiGiacomo, an investor in the Tornadoes, has expressed interest in owning a new team. It will take over $1.5 million in working capital for any new team owner to persuade city officials to sign a lease, and we’re guessing the return of the Can-Am League is not a given, by any stretch.
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