Voters reject minor league team in Wilmington

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 1:44 PM

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.
 

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