There's good news for Syracuse baseball fans. The Chiefs will stay in Central New York. The board approved a new proposal Monday night. Our Iris St. Meran has some of the details and she tells us how fans are being asked to step up to the plate.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse Chiefs President Bill Dutch said, "There's a new day of baseball coming in this community."
America's pastime will remain at NBT Bank Stadium. There was some uncertainty surrounding the future of the Syracuse Chiefs. The team faced a half million dollar deficit mainly due to not filling seats. Monday night, the board approved a proposal where six board members will invest enough to cover that shortfall in exchange for shares in the team.
"There were other proposals that didn't make any sense for community baseball of Syracuse, had no guarantees of keeping the team in Syracuse,” Dutch added. “Above all, this board felt its responsibility was to ensure the community that baseball stays here now and forever."
The new board overseeing the team will be made up of 13 people. Members range from baseball to business professionals. It will be put together in about two weeks. Now that the board has done its part to keep the team here, Dutch says Chiefs fans have to do theirs.
"Tell us how you feel about the Chiefs by coming out here. Just don't post on the blog. Don't criticize. It's a free country and its freedom of speech, but come out here and help us. Offer your services. You got ideas that could be constructive, we're willing to listen," Dutch urged.
He hopes that combination of investment and involvement will keep baseball from striking out in Central New York.
Dutch says the future of General Manager John Simone will be determined through a vote by the new board.