Professional baseball returning to Reno |

Professional baseball returning to Reno

The Golden Baseball League finalized business negotiations last week with the University of Nevada, Reno to field a professional baseball team at Peccole Park beginning in the 2006 season.

The team ” named the Silver Sox ” will be the league’s first franchise in Nevada.

Reno vice-mayor and city councilman Dwight Dortch has been named general manager. Dortch will oversee the launch and all day-to-day operations of the ball club.

As part of the two sides’ agreement, the Golden Baseball League will finance the installation of field lighting at Peccole Park and will partner on long-term funding for the new synthetic field turf project.

Once the two projects are complete, the university will likely to be chosen as the host site for future WAC conference baseball tournaments, as well as NCAA postseason opportunities. The final step in the partnership is formal approval from the board of regents at their next meeting.-

“Reno deserves professional baseball,” Dortch said. “It’s been gone for too long.”

The Golden Baseball League has quickly become a premier independent league.

More than 450,000 fans came out to GBL ballparks and watched as the San Diego Surf Dawgs, with center fielder Rickey Henderson, captured the league title last season. The league’s rosters included 18 ex-major leaguers and more than 150 ballplayers with single-A, double-A and triple-A experience.-

Of those players, 16 were purchased by major league organizations. The league was also home to several players with Nevada ties, including former Galena High School star Josh Green, who finished second in the GBL Rookie of the Year voting playing for the Surprise Fightin’ Falcons.

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