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City Takes Big Step in Acquiring Baseball Team


POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 10:39pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 10:41pm

The MountainStar Sports group, the group of El Paso businessmen trying to purchase a Triple-A baseball team and move them to downtown El Paso, released a statement today saying they're one step closer to making it happen.

This letter means the Pacific Coast League's giving a thumbs up to the MountainStar sports group. Now putting them in the final stages of purchasing a Triple-A team.

"I'm really excited because it seems like we're an inch away from having Triple-A baseball in El Paso. In the Spring of 2014 and I'm really excited about it," said City Representative Steve Ortega. “We're looking at significant economic impact from Triple-A baseball in El Paso. Well over $400 million dollars projected over a 25 year period. Also it makes our community more attractive to businesses, to entrepreneurs, to new job opportunities here in the community, a lot of positive beyond just the baseball comes with this."

But at Cohen Stadium, where the Diablos played tonight, fans had mixed feelings. The Diablos will be forced out, if and when the Triple A team moves in.

" I think it's great for the city. It's kinda sad what's happening with the Diablos and their situation but for the most part it should be good for the city. I know a lot of people are disappointed in what the city's bringing with the cost of the renovation of the stadium and everything but I think it's gonna be good for the city," said Diablos fan Matthew Gutierrez.

Diablos fan Jaime Bustillos seemed to be in support.

"It's great look everybody's coming out cause we're winning. It's gonna be a lot better, more money," said Bustillos.

Ortega says despite the opposition, this team will benefit the Sun City.

"I think 5 to 10 years from now we're gonna realize this was a great coup for the City of El Paso,” said Ortega.

It's not a completely done deal just yet. The president of the Pacific Coast League still needs to submit a control interest transfer to the MountainStar sports group. That part of the deal is in progress.

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