Brian in Boston Posted June 30, 2005 Share Posted June 30, 2005 ... Allentown, PA?Well, that's the rumor. Apparently, Joe Finley and Craig Stein - the entrepeneurs who are trying to bring affiliated minor-league baseball to Allentown - have an option to purchase the Ottawa Lynx from Vermont businessman Ray Pecor. With the legislation required to fund Allentown stadium construction expected to get a "thumbs up" today, Triple-A baseball could be setting up shop in the Lehigh Valley municipality in time for the 2008 International League season.Because of Stein's relationship with the Philadelphia Phillies (he owns the club's Double-A affiliate in Reading, PA), as well as Philadelphia management's displeasure with the situation surrounding ownership of their current Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, there is additional speculation that the new Allentown club will become the Phillies' Triple-A farm team.Given that officials in Harrisburg, PA had been hoping to lure the Lynx to an improved Commerce Bank Park in their city, it is now thought that municipal officials in the Pennsylvania capital will attempt to buy the current Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise and strike a Triple-A affiliation with the Baltimore Orioles. However, they still have to line-up the funding for stadium upgrades. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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