News 12 @ 6 Saturday Feb. 23, 2008
(Macon, GA) -- The South Coast League of Professional Baseball announced today plans for a four team league heading into its second season. The 2008 season will have the Anderson Joes, Aiken Foxhounds, Macon Music, and 2007 League Champion South Georgia Peanuts competing in the new league alignment.
The new alignment is a result of a chain of events that have been in motion over the past six months. After many discussions, it was concluded that the Charlotte County Stadium would not be ready in time for the Redfish to take the field this season. It is currently being renovated to accommodate the 2009 arrival of the Tampa Bay Rays and their Major League Spring Training operations.
“This was disappointing as it relates to the 2008 season, as we had several communications with Charlotte County officials over the past six months and were consistently led to believe that the stadium would be ready for the Redfish in complete their 2008 schedule in,” said South Coast League Chief Executive Officer Jamie Toole. “Operating under the notion that the Redfish would be playing in the newly renovated Charlotte County Stadium, we announced an expansion club in Jackson, MS that would have begun league play in 2008.”
After weighing each possible option, the best scenario called for the league to move forward with four teams while preparing for the re-entry of the Redfish and the debut of the Jackson (MS) franchise in 2009. There are plans to possibly add two additional teams in 2009 as well, bringing the number of teams to eight.
“We are tremendously excited about the upcoming 2008 season and even more enthusiastic about the 2009 season when the Redfish will be playing in an essentially brand new state of the art facility in Charlotte County and the new Jackson club will have had more time to be introduced to the Jackson community before taking the field in May 2009,” said SCL CEO Jamie Toole.