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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Phillies: Biggest rival without a home

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Phillies: Biggest rival without a home

The Glens Falls City Council just took a huge swing and missed completely, voting down the approval of a new rental agreement with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles team just a week before the team's home opener against the Saratoga Phillies.

The council decided that $650 per night game wasn't enough, so they voted no and the Golden Eagles are in shock with the decision as posted by my friends at the Post Star.

Running a NYCBL franchise is almost always a losing situation, but the council is out of its mind on this one. They are saying that the reduction of $750 to $650 is too much for the city to handle and the final option, non-use of the part, no utilities in use, is a better option.

Thanks for throwing a wrench into the entire summer for not only one collegiate wood bat baseball team, but the five division teams and the rest of the NYCBL if the Golden Eagles can't find a home.

Note to the Philadelphia Phantoms - Enjoy your two-year stint in Glens Falls and get out while you can. This city doesn't deserve any type of sports team.

I'm going to follow-up with the NYCBL to see what mandatory requirements the fields must have, maybe some other fields can open up for this NYCBL perennial powerhouse and not destroy a season. Let me know if you know of any sites that could become new homes for the Golden Eagles.

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At 12:07 PM , Anonymous John said...

There's going to be a special Common Council meeting on Monday night according to the Post. Though, even if a new agreement is confirmed, the city sounds like it is going to be very draconian with the rent procurement.

Not sure on the league field requirement. Keep in mind, the league let a team play on a horrific diamond at Southern Vermont College in 2007 despite complaints from everyone in the East. I'd imagine any moderately kept high school field would do though you'd be playing games at 5 and attendance would suffer. There's no rule about lights though 13 of 14 teams have them.


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