The Pecos League is continuing to look at California markets, as the independent circuit has been tied to Monterey.
The news of Monterey comes on the heels of a major announcement for the league. Last week, it confirmed that the Pecos League will place teams in Bakersfield and Adelanto next season, marking the return of professional baseball in two cities that recently lost High-A California League franchises.
According to reports, Monterey is next on the league’s radar. Emails from Monterey city manager Michael McCarthy to Neighborhood Improvement Project presidents say that the city has been in discussion with the Pecos League about a potential agreement, and that more information about the proposed deal could be presented in January. More from Monterey County Weekly:
“I am optimistic about an arrangement that makes sense all the way around,” McCarthy wrote by email to neighborhood presidents. “Our staff is working on specifics now.”
Those details include final dates and traffic impacts. Meetings with the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission would follow early next month.
If the deal continues to progress, McCarthy plans to present the plan to City Council for approval Jan. 17.
He added this: “Please know that we have not agreed to anything, and will only recommend it if this makes sense for our community.
This is not the first link that the Pecos League has had with Monterey, as the Daily Press noted last week that the Monterey Amberjacks are listed on the league’s website. If the team does indeed take the field in 2017, it will play its games at Sollecito Ballpark.