Sunday, December 14, 2003

Agreement reached to bring baseball to New Haven  

Here is the New Haven Register article on the Black Bear's move from Pittsfield to New Haven.

Some snippets from the article: "In turn, (Rick) Handelman worked out a deal with Berkshire principal owner Jonathan Fleisig to relocate the struggling franchise to New Haven. Fleisig will remain as one of the principal owners of the New Haven franchise along with Handelman."

"'Of course, you don’t want to ever lose Christmas,' Handelman said. 'But the truth of the matter is, we’ve done it before, and we’re going to do it here. We’ll just deal with it and move on.'

Handelman, a minority owner of the Brockton Rox, was referring to the late start when that franchise moved to town. The Rox are now one of the most solid franchises in the Northeast League.

So the Northeast League allows syndicate ownership. Ducky! I guess this makes Rick Handelman the Jeffrey Loria of the league. I smell a pennant in New Haven ;).

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