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Old 04-16-2015, 10:27 PM
 
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Pending a lawsuit over moving the Binghamton (NY) AA team to Wilmington (Del), the Wilmington Carolina League team is listed in the litigation as being purchased by the Texas Rangers and being moved to Kinston's Grainger Stadium in 2016.

Would love to have baseball back in the area, but personally believe Greenville is a better long-term location for a team. I'll take another Kinston team in the short term, though.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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Great news for Kinston and eastern nc
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:12 PM
 
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Here's the lawsuit PDF. Go way down to Exhibit C (page 41) for the sale from Wilmington team to the Texas Rangers (for relocation to Kinston):

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.document...inst-bmets.pdf
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:19 AM
 
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B-Mets, Main Street headed to mediation | Ballpark Digest

Update: A judge has ruled that the Binghamton owner must negotiate with Wilmington's (Del.) ownership. They are going to go through mediation to either work out a sales agreement or at least an agreement on how to settle the breach of contract issue.

This development makes it more promising that Carolina League baseball will be played in Kinston next year. But even if this happens and Kinston makes all the required stadium improvements, the article states that the industry rumors that Kinston will be a temporary home until the Texas Rangers can find a more modern, permanent home for their High-A team (They've been moving it around a lot, but I think they'd prefer to stay out of the California League; so a permanent Carolina League is a better fit). This same website has a story about the possibility that, like Greenville, Fayetteville may be considering building a downtown ballpark. If they were ever a time for each of those towns to advance the discussion of building a ballpark, right about now would be appropriate.
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:40 AM
 
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City Council approves lease for potential baseball team - News - The Free Press - Kinston, NC

One step closer (but not yet official). The deal looks to be longer for Kinston than initially believed - 12 years. Whether or not there are any out clauses remains to be seen.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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It's official. The Texas Rangers will have a minor league team in Kinston in 2017. Good news for that area.

Professional baseball returning to Kinston in 2017

Team website:

http://www.milb.com/milb/info/kinston_baseball.jsp
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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Bakersfield, High Desert Set To Contract - BaseballAmerica.com

Kinston and Fayetteville are getting Carolina League teams next season!
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:50 PM
 
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The website lets you suggest a name for the team. I'd suggest the Tuscaroras, in honor of the Native American Tribe along the banks of the Neuse. But the way folks are leery in regards Native American team mascots these days, it probably wouldn't get any consideration.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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I'm guessing The Eagles will be heavily suggested, as that was their name for sixty years.

Kinston was named after King George III, so perhaps the Kings.

How about the Grainger Rangers
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:23 PM
 
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I'm thinking this is the perfect opportunity to unleash the...

"Waterdogs"

http://www.ncparc.org/WG-EO/NCWRC%20...erdogneuse.pdf

A mudpuppy specific to the Neuse River, living right there in Kinston.

Kinston Waterdogs....sounds like a perfect minor league name to me.
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