Re: Savannah Sand Gnats...
Highly unlikely. Team owners would have to purchase a high-A franchise, move it to Savannah, and then find another city to move their South Atlantic League team to (or sell it to someone in another city).
The idea that the Carolina League is looking to expand is true, but a bit misleading. When and if it happens, owners of the two Carolina League expansion teams would likely have to purchase franchises from two current California League owners and relocate them to the Carolina League. They will not add franchises, just move them from the California League to the Carolina League.
So for this to happen as you are hoping, the Sand Gnats owner would have to buy, say, the Bakersfield franchise. Then he would need to find a new home for the South Atlantic League franchise that he will still own. Lots to happen in concert. Highly, highly unlikely unless you had an owner that was super intent on making it happen and had another city available to take his South Atlantic League franchise. The last part would be the toughest.
Oh, one more thing. It would have to be done in conjunction with another owner doing the same. They could not move one team over from the California League or you would have an odd number of teams and a scheduling disaster. You would have to do it with two teams, and two groups of owners at the same time. As JaxRed said, already having a South Atlantic League franchise in the city makes it about four times more difficult than a city with no existing team and a new ballpark.
Last edited by redsof72; 06-23-2012 at 02:36 AM.