Bruce Baldwin, general manager of the Richmond Braves, says the team's parent company in Atlanta has now committed to giving the RBI proposal a serious look.
The team's Richmond contract expires Sept. 15, at the end of this season.
In the meantime, instead of signing a new 10-year contract as originally expected, the Braves are in the final stages of completing a three-year deal to remain here to study the proposal, Baldwin
And if it came to that, Baldwin
says, the Braves wouldn't participate.
"I think the last thing the city would want to do is pull eminent domain," Baldwin
Meanwhile, there is new management in Atlanta, and even Baldwin
admits there is no guarantee the Braves will simply revert to the original plans if the new ballpark fizzles.
"I can't tell you what's going to happen tomorrow," Baldwin
agrees that ballparks aren't big economic engines.
But that's not the point, he
"It's not tourism.
It's not Ukrop's.
It's not Philip Morris