The Mobile BayBears will remain in Mobile through 2019, the team announced Tuesday, ensuring that minor league baseball will be played at Hank Aaron Stadium for two more seasons.
Speculation about the team’s future has intensified since the BayBears were sold in November to BallCorps LLC, an Arizona-based company which is expected to relocate the team to Madison, Ala., a suburb of Huntsville. The Madison City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a deal with BallCorps to build a $46 million, 7,000 seat multi-use stadium.
But team officials announced Tuesday that any move won’t take place until after the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
“Everyone affiliated with the BayBears organization looks forward to staging two more seasons of BayBears baseball in a fun, clean, and family-friendly environment at Hank Aaron Stadium,” the team said in a statement.
The BayBears — four-time Southern League champion and the AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels — have played in Mobile since 1997. Since 2012, the team has faced off with the rival Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the annual Bay-to-Bay Series. The Huntsville area is no stranger to Southern League baseball, having been home to the Huntsville Stars from 1985 to 2014, when the team moved to Biloxi, Miss. and became the Biloxi Shuckers.