As you’re likely aware of by now, Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball are having a real go of it over the proposed plan by Major League Baseball to potentially eliminate 42 teams in the minors. There’s a variety of expressed reasons by Major League Baseball for this, but one of those reasons is inadequate facilities. One of the Cincinnati Reds current farm teams that was among the proposed eliminated teams, the Daytona Tortugas, got some help to try and counter the idea that their facilities won’t be “good enough” for Major League Baseball moving forward. The Daytona Beach city council pledged $4,000,000 to help cover the cost of improvements at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Among the improvements that the Tortugas are looking for are a new clubhouse, better field lighting, two new batting cages, and improvements to the grandstands and concessions area according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. It was just last season that saw Daytona install new field turf at Jackie Robinson Ballpark at the cost of nearly $1,000,000.
Of course, getting the promise of improvements may not make a difference as far as Major League Baseball goes. Their plan is to eliminate a whole lot of teams. For Daytona, though, it may mean more for them than it does for a team in say, the Pioneer League – where the geography itself would eliminate a team unless every team within the league were to also get the upgrades that were asked for. Daytona is an established league, in a state with plenty of teams that aren’t going anywhere.
What we can say is that the city of Daytona Beach is doing what they can, along with the Tortugas ownership to try and do what Major League Baseball is asking of them in order to maintain their affiliated status.
Dayton Dragons get a new stadium name
The Dayton Dragons used to play at Fifth Third Field. That’s been the name of their ballpark since the very beginning of the franchise. On Wednesday the Dragons announced that the ballpark would be changing names to Day Air Ballpark. Day Air Credit Union and the Dragons agreed to a 10-year naming rights deal, so get used to the new name for the ballpark. The Dayton Daily News has more information on things if you’re interested.