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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

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Rounding Third Base And Heading Home: The Crickets?

Posted 05-20-2018 at 10:35 AM by case44

One only wonders if minor league baseball could ever make a dent in Lubbock. People keep teasing and rumoring, but to this point, no fruition. Can the Crickets return to Lubbock (and I don't mean Buddy Holly)? (Although, that latter thought wouldn't be such a bad idea....)

City council folks admit that their hands are already full with projects to improve downtown. But why wouldn't they put something like this on the agenda, even if it doesn't happen for a few years? Money, of course, is always the issue, especially with how things like venues can be funded. I believe that there is a market for minor league baseball in Lubbock. The Crickets were the last team to play in the Hub City, and, sadly, that effort only lasted two years. What I support is a prospective club that would play their home games at their own ballpark in or near the downtown district. Now, in the short term, can such an effort succeed? Would it hurt Texas Tech? Maybe, but then again, if the metropolitan area would be larger, then interest would be higher, especially if the team is actually tied to a major league team and not an independent. Regarding Tech, they have their own source of support, given the team's recent success, but college baseball is different from even the lowest level of pro baseball. They should be separate, which is why I would never support minor league baseball being played at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Fervent hope still remains that there would be pro baseball in Lubbock. What remains to be seen would be if a team like the Crickets would be received by crickets.
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  1. Old Comment
    About ten(?) years ago, a developer had an idea to move a Double-A team to a new stadium that he would build in Wolfforth. Tech baseball would be a tenant. The plan fell through for whatever reason. Sadly, I think the guy was sentenced for a white-collar crime a while later and went to prison.

    Fast-forward to 2016 (if I remember correctly). The AA San Antonio Missions were looking for a place to move to make room for the Colorado Springs Triple-A team. Both Amarillo and Lubbock were in the running, but the team chose the former because the stadium plans were further along, among other reasons.

    So now Amarillo, Midland, and El Paso all have minor league teams. While it would give fans in Lubbock something to see in summer, it might not be a big priority right now because of the other things going on, like Citizen's Tower, the new police substations, the flood control project west of Tech, etc..

    Some see the narrow coliseum vote as a message sent to the city to cut back on new spending, particularly since Citizen's Tower cost $45 million or so and wasn't put on the ballot. I saw a picture that someone took a few weeks back of Downtown, and the building looked like a skeleton (could see lots of sky on the other side). The mayor said that they've started on electrical and other work, so maybe it'll start to look more substantial soon.

    Meanwhile, a county commissioner was replaced because voters thought that she wasn't budget-conscious.

    Anyway, because of all that, I wouldn't look for the city or county to get involved with minor league baseball any time soon. As I wrote earlier, it would give people there something to see in between Tech baseball and football, other than concerts and other events.

    Would like to see hockey there again some time, too.

    (You mentioned how you wouldn't support MiLB games played at DLF/RGP. I would add that I would prefer that Tech baseball be played on campus, if a new ballpark is built Downtown or elsewhere in the city/county, except maybe for one series per season.)
    Posted 05-22-2018 at 06:30 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    It's time that Lubbock step up. Everyone else around them has minor league baseball. They've got to quit acting second banana and third class.
    Posted 06-13-2018 at 07:41 PM by malfunction malfunction is offline

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