Professional baseball could return to Martinez

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Clippers baseball fans were disappointed when team sponsors had to drop their sponsorship, due to legal and financial troubles. Those, and all local baseball fans will be happy to learn that another professional independent baseball league, the Pecos, wants one of its teams to call Martinez home.

The 2020 season is schedule to begin in late May

Andrew Dunn of the Pecos League contacted city staff about the idea of Martinez hosting a new professional team in June 2019. After some study, a letter of intent to develop a license agreement with the City was signed in November.

The Pecos is an independent professional baseball league headquartered in Houston. In 2019, the league fielded 12 teams in cities in California, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Colorado, Kansas and West Texas.

The City council will consider an agreement for the Martinez Mackerel, covering issues such as a parking plan, a 10:30 p.m. cut-off for lighting, safety and security, alcohol management, insurance, revenue, promotions and advertising, concessions, and noise.

The City expects to garner about $10,000 to $12,000 in revenue the first year, assess the costs of maintenance, and then make adjustment if needed, according to City manager Eric Figueora’s report.

The name of the team is also subject to change if local interests prefer something other than “Mackerel,” according to a city staff report.

Wednesday’s council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

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