It’s only been eight months since the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series but Bay Area and Dublin baseball fans may have the opportunity to celebrate once again within the next few months. Independent league expansion franchise Centerfield Partners has initiated the startup of four independent semi-professional teams and stated that Dublin would be a preferred location.
Centerfield Partners founder Brian Clark was given West Coast territorial rights to expand the North American Baseball League (NABL) and plans on forming four expansion clubs throughout the Bay Area.
Clark views Dublin as an expansion hot spot, primarily because of its convenient location and already lively baseball scene.
“Dublin is appealing for its central East Bay corridor geography (580/680 interchange), its relatively open land and the support of the city, which is interested to hear more about the opportunity to bring baseball to the area,” he said.
The expansion plans have yet to be approved but would involve building a stadium, a process that will take a few years.
“We are very early in the process,” said Clark. “The City Council has indicated their interest, and now we need to find a developer partner who is interested in incorporating an entertainment option like a 3,500-seat baseball stadium into a development.”
A location for the stadium has yet to be determined.
Formerly known as the Golden Baseball League (GBL), the NABL consists of 10 independent minor league clubs that are not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Teams in Texas, Illinois, Hawaii, California, Arizona and Alberta, Canada, make up the North and South divisions.
Based in San Ramon, the league encompasses a variety of players, most of whom have played for A-, AA- or AAA- minor league affiliates. Major league players such as Sergio Romo of the Giants and J.D. Drew of the Boston Red Sox have independent league experience.
With approval from the city, Clark said he would develop a project that will “enhance and complement the already lively baseball scene in the Tri-Valley.”
“There is a lot of fan involvement and children's entertainment, intent on making a visit to the ballpark a memorable one for all ages,” he said.