Next season Bowling Green, Ky, will be getting a Single A ballclub. The owner of the New Hampshire Fishercats (AA) will be bringing an expansion team or a moved team. There's been some interesting speculation, here locally, in an almost X-files type way, of the new teams affiliation. I thought I'd post some of the things I've heard at water coolers and let everyone discuss.
Some have said since the Reds are probably severing ties with Sarasota for spring training, therefore they would probaly lose their high A team there too. Thus making Dayton the new high A team, since they are probably one of the largest towns to have an A team, let alone a low A team. My argument would be that Dayton is in the Midwest league, and all their teams are low A, so they'd have to go elsewhere, which probably won't happen.
Bowling Green has just started playing all Reds games on their AM station, in a primarily Cardinals fan town. Even though BG is only 3 hours from Cincy. This may just be a coinsidence. (Insert X-files here)
Ballparkwatch.com has reported that the new team will probably be in the South Atlantic league. They've also said that the Hagerstown Suns are having trouble with their current ownership/ stadium deal for some time so they'd be likely to move.
Ballparkwatch.com has also stated that more and more teams are changing affiliations due to geography. Such as they say that the Columbus Clippers will probably end up being a Cleveland AAA affiliate soon.
Just some food for thought. I'd of course love to see a Reds affiliate down here, but as I said this is just stuff I've heard at water coolers, and don't put much stock in it, but figured it was a way to get a conversation started on here.