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Edinburg passes on ballpark lease for Roadrunners

Edinburg RoadrunnersThe Edinburg Roadrunners (independent; United League Baseball) could be out of Edinburg Baseball Stadium this season, as the city debates whether to give the ballpark to University of Texas-Pan American.

The lack of a lease certainly muddies the waters for the Roadrunners, and it apparently is a factor in league planning for 2014, The city has been talking about the fate of the 19-acre ballpark site with the University of Texas system, and those talks are causing the city council to hold back for now on any commitments. From the Brownsville Herald:

Edinburg Equities, the corporate entity that operates the Roadrunners, requested the written lease agreement, which would cover the 4,000-seat Edinburg Baseball Stadium at North Sugar Road and West Schunior Street. The City Council declined without any discussion, following a closed-door meeting.

“My sense of it is there are things going on or discussions going on with Pan American about the future of campus and the relationship between the city and the university,” said Attorney Preston Henrichson, who represents Edinburg Equities….

“Our hope and expectation is that we’ll be able to play there this summer, but that’s not in stone yet,” Henrichson said. “That’s not in writing yet.”

Things are still up in the air this summer for United League Baseball: the league has looked at placing a team in Tucson, but nothing has been finalized and the league still has not issued a schedule. The Fort Worth Cats website is still fairly active and league owners launched a Texas winter league, but the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings website generates a 404.

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