WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Minor league baseball has struck out in Wilmington.
Voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal for the city to spend $37 million on a new stadium for a minor league team. About 70 percent of those casting ballots voted no.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo pushed the effort to attract a team with a new stadium. Saffo says he thought the vote would have been closer. But he says the voters were worried about government spending in a troubled economy.
The plan was to bring in a minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
Both the Braves and their partner, Mandalay Baseball, say they are disappointed that the ballpark referendum was defeated.