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Mobile BayBears sold, team could relocate to North Alabama area in 2019

The Biloxi Shuckers take on the Mobile Bay Bears at a sold out MGM Park during the first home game on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
The Biloxi Shuckers take on the Mobile Bay Bears at a sold out MGM Park during the first home game on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Sun Herald File

The Southern League on Thursday announced the sale of Double-A Southern League member team the Mobile BayBears to BallCorps LLC, according to reports from multiple news organizations.

The team will continue to play the 2018 season at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, according to a report by al.com’s Creg Stephenson, citing BayBears general manager Chris Morgan.

The BayBears team is the Biloxi Shuckers closest rival and was the first team the Shuckers played in the MGM Stadium when it opened June 6, 2015.

In this season’s finale, Sept. 4, The Shuckers shutout the BayBears 5-0 at Hank Aaron Stadium.

“Mobile Professional Baseball, LLC, has enjoyed its long-time relationship with the City of Mobile, its sponsors and fans, and is looking forward to staging a great season in 2018,” according to a WKRG.com report, citing a press release.

BallCorps Inc. CEO Ralph Nelson, told AL.com on Tuesday the team plans to apply to move for 2019 to Madison, Alabama, which is a suburb of Huntsville.

All options, however, remain open.

“We are thrilled to start a new chapter with this team today,” Nelson told Al.com. “The BayBears have had a great relationship with the City of Mobile and its fans for over 20 years. We want to build on that history and make this team as successful as possible. We are excited about what is next. The Southern League and Minor League Baseball have granted us exploration rights to investigate north Alabama, which is an exciting market, but the organization is still considering all options at this point, including the team remaining in Mobile.”

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