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#1 SurplusPopulation

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 08:04 PM

I just saw a story on Facebook that said the owner of LaGrave Field will not rent the stadium to the team next year. Anyone know details on this?

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 08:18 PM

Speculation on why?

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 08:22 PM

The Star Telegram story was very vague. The stadium owner said he has nothing to do with it and it is the result of a dispute between the city and the team.

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 12:06 PM

More on the uncertain fate of LaGrave Field in this FWBP article.  No one seems to be willing or able to buy it.  No one seems to want it.  Perhaps a sad commentary on the state of even minor-league professional sports in Fort Worth.

 

 

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 06:35 AM

I was wondering when news of a proposed minor league ball park in Cleburne would spur Fort Worthians to start thinking seriously again about whether the Cats are going to continue to be our home-town team. 

 

 

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 07:10 AM

I thought the same thing.



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Posted 11 August 2015 - 08:16 AM

It isn't just the Cats.  The whole United League disbanded.  So even if Ft Worth wanted minor league baseball, they'd have to find a new league.  For myself, getting a Ft Worth baseball team would be cool if it ended up in the same league as Cleburne.  I could easily picture attending games at both sites- especially if they do back-to-backs and make it a Chisholm Trail Series.  They could use that to promote both teams, maybe even have a friendly bet between Betsy and Cleburne's mayor.


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Posted 11 August 2015 - 01:06 PM

I always felt like the Cats were a fun, cheap and more convenient alternative to driving to Arlington when the Rangers were bad.  But then they got good, and watching competitive Major League Baseball was well worth the extra mileage and (significantly) higher expense.  



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Posted 11 August 2015 - 01:40 PM

In the good old days, minor league baseball experience was a kind of apprenticeship for some players who went on to the greater heroics of the major leagues.  I don't know if any Cats players moved upstairs to the Rangers (or any other major league team).  I know this is a bit off topic, but Is the "farm team" scheme still functional?



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Posted 11 August 2015 - 01:57 PM

It is, but the Cats were never part of any farm team structure. The Cats were part of an independent league not affiliated with MLB.

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 02:11 PM

I don't know if any Cats players moved upstairs to the Rangers (or any other major league team).

 

The first two who come to mind are Max Scherzer (pitcher for Washington, won the Cy Young a few years ago) and Luke Hochevar (pitcher for Kansas City).  



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Posted 12 August 2015 - 08:15 AM

It is, but the Cats were never part of any farm team structure. The Cats were part of an independent league not affiliated with MLB.

Well, not the latest version of the Cats. 

I think back in the day, they were affiliated with the Dodgers and Cubs. Would have been cool to see that again, and with the Panther Island development, we could have made a "Mini-Wrigley" if the Cats were with the Cubs again. 

But, now it's all just a fantasy... 


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 11:25 PM

While at Open Streets today, I spoke to someone at the Vaqueros booth. 

 

Don't take what I'm saying as a solid fact, but he basically told me that the ballpark is supposed to be demolished by the end of this year. 

 

Just letting you know... 


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 11:10 AM

I heard a rumor that the financial issues with LaGrave Field may be headed toward a resolution, and that another new Cats franchise may be in the works.  



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 12:02 PM

That would be awesome.  It might come at a good time, as the development in that part of town is on the cusp.


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