No Joy in San Rafael: Vote on Baseball Team Delayed

The San Rafael City Council isn't sure what it'll do about a plan to start a pro baseball team in the Marin County burg.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011  |  Updated 2:43 PM PDT
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No Joy in San Rafael: Vote on Baseball Team Delayed

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It's already built, and some people will surely come. But does San Rafael really want to have a professional baseball team at a city park?

That decision's been called on account of disagreement.

After a marathon hearing Monday, the San Rafael City Council elected to postpone a decision on allowing a new North American League minor league baseball team to play at the city's Albert Park, the Marin Independent Journal reported.

The team would be owned by Centerfield Partnership, which pledged to remodel the 1950s-era ballpark with more seats, better locker rooms and other amenities, in return for its team playing 45 home games in San Rafael. The city would net between $4,000 and $12,000 a year in revenue in the three year deal. It clearly struck a nerve -- two men nearly came to blows over the proposal during the meeting, according to the newspaper -- and it also gave the City Council pause.

Mayor Al Boro said that he and Councilman Damon Connolly would mull the issue with city staff for a few weeks and return to the council with information.

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