Aug 29, 2013 6:53 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
Plans to bring a minor league baseball team to Santa Maria are not moving forward.
Investors from two professional baseball leagues approached city leaders a few months ago, but couldn't agree on a proposal.
Elks Field has also become a hurdle for potential investors. Recreation and Parks Director Alex Posada says Elks Field isn't ready.
Posada says even before a team steps out onto the field, the stadium needs some work. The dugouts need to be rebuilt and the fence needs to be replaced.
"It has a lot of need for love and care and attention, which the city hasn't been able to do," said Posada.
He says rebuilding the field is a road block for minor league clubs who want to make a home in a community with a rich baseball history.
"They would have to invest some money to bring the field up to playable levels," said Posada.
The city estimates it would cost a minimum of $300,000 to operate a team for one season and that would be on top of getting the field ready.
Posada says coming up with that kind of cash could be a challenge, but he has some ideas that might help spark some interest.
"They could create a funding source through gate entries and sponsorships or other events at the field," said Posada.
Despite the setbacks, Posada is still optimistic that Santa Maria baseball fans will have a team to cheer for here at Elks Field.
"I think this community would definitely support a professional baseball team," said Posada.
The most recent potential investors were from the Pacific Association of Baseball and the Freedom Professional Baseball League.
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