An Arizona company has announced Major League Baseball has approved the purchase of the Mobile BayBears, and it could be the next step toward a potential Tennessee Valley relocation.
BallCorps CEO Ralph Nelson announced MLB approved the sale Tuesday, and the deal is expected to close Friday. The Mobile BayBears, a AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, is currently owned by HWS Group. The BayBears play in the Southern League, which had already approved the sale of the minor league franchise.
While there are talks of the BayBears potentially relocating to Madison, BallCorps says any talks of potential relocation would come after the purchase finalizes.
A potential site is the Town Madison development near Interstate 565 and Zierdt Road. Madison city planners are moving forward with plans to allow a multi-purpose facility to be constructed with the help of zoning changes.
Nelson, the future owner of the BayBears is a former MLB executive who spent 25 years with the league.
The Tennessee Valley's last minor league team, the Huntsville Stars, relocated to Biloxi in 2014.
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