Warner Robins man gives up search for minor-league team | News
A Warner Robins man says he's giving up his search for a minor league baseball team for Central Georgia.
They offered moral support, but no money, for his quest. And to avoid competition, they agreed to give him exclusive rights to look for a team that could move to Warner Robins.
That agreement expires this month.
On Friday, Hughes sent a letter to city and Houston County officials, saying he would end his efforts. He said he would turn documents and studies on the matter over to a successor, whom he did not identity.
Hughes wrote that he had not been able to spend as much time on the project in the past year as he'd planned.
He wrote that he'd come to two conclusions:
"First, minor league baseball could be successful in Middle Georgia, and secondly, the only way it can successful is for the entire region to unite and act in unison."
Last year, Hughes said his study showed that Warner Robins could support a Single-A major-league affiliate and said the city needed a 5,000-seat ballpark. His consultant said a public-private partnership with local governments would probably be needed to build the stadium.
Hughes' letters to the city and county concludes, "I would like to request that no one from the county or any parties under your sponsorship, influence, control, or contact me, especially at my home."