All options are on the table for the future of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Class AAA; International League), including a possible stay in Pawtucket, according to team chairman Larry Lucchino.
While this AP story may be a little overly dramatic about what’s transpired in the past several months — Lucchino has been pretty consistent about the team’s need for a new ballpark, and has also been consistent about wanting to see the team stay in Rhode Island — the real news is that all options are on the table, and with five years left on the McCoy Stadium lease, the team is no hurry to cut a deal with anyone. From AP:
“We think a new ballpark is important to fulfilling the vision we have for this franchise,” Lucchino said after a news conference presenting the team’s new leadership.
When asked if a new ballpark must be somewhere other than Pawtucket, he replied: “At this point, we’ve taken a position that we’re open to everything, every possibility.”…
Lucchino said on Monday that they are studying numerous proposals and that the team has no timetable for a decision.
“We need time to do this methodically and carefully,” he said.
Indeed. With several Massachusetts cities interested in landing the team, including Worcester, there’s absolutely no reason to rush anything — letting the process unfold is a smart move.
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