Will you root Oakland A's players in Beloit?
Professional baseball games will be played again next summer at Beloit’s Pohlman Field. Those players, however, no longer will be affiliated with a team from the Midwest. Instead, they’ll be part of the Oakland Athletics.
For many years, the Beloit team was linked to the Milwaukee Brewers, giving local fans glimpses into players who eventually would play for the big-league club. Do you remember when now former Brewer sluggers Prince Fielder and Greg Vaughn played in Beloit? How about current Brewer players Yovani Gallardo, Manny Para and Rickie Weeks?
Citing weather and facilities, the Brewers dropped their affiliation after the 2004 season and moved their Class A club to West Virginia. The Minnesota Twins picked up the ball in Beloit, however. Now, the Twins are gone, too—to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Blame it on a stadium that has hosted Class A ball since 1982 but is ancient by Midwest League standards. Blame it, too, on unfortunate circumstances. Talk has gone on for years about building a new Snappers stadium. Officials thought they had a plan in place in 2007, before the economy tanked.
The deal with Oakland will last just two years. Who knows if Beloit’s ownership team can rebuild plans for a new stadium before Class A ball vanishes. One report suggests the Beloit franchise’s owners are looking to sell the team.
Will you visit Pohlman Field next year to root on players tied to the Oakland Athletics?
We’ll share our perspectives on this stadium dilemma in our editorial Friday.