BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Monday night it appeared the sun had set on Sam Lynn Ballpark, as the Bakersfield Blaze were swept out of the second round of the minor league baseball playoffs.
But county supervisors are throwing a curve ball and are discussing keeping the lights on.
During Tuesday's meeting, the Kern County Board of Supervisors said they want to keep the ballpark open for other local non-professional baseball teams to use and there are already several organizations stepping up to the plate.
A day after the Bakersfield Blaze packed Sam Lynn Ballpark for their last game after 75 years; the stadium is empty as all signs of a minor league baseball team are being taken down.
However, the ballpark may remain open.
Kern County Parks and Recreation director Bob Lerude says he is already in talks with several organizations to keep the lights on.
“Northwest Baseball that has the 10/12 diamonds right next to Sam Lynn Ballpark, they've shown interest. And they've shown interest in the past in terms of managing it so they can have their world series if they had a facility like that. We've also had interest in the Kern High School District because every year they have their spring tournament and have worked with the Blaze in the past. So they have shown interest for their tournaments and kind of their top games at a top facility. And we are also meeting with an individual who has an academy to see if it will work out, said Lerude.
Lerude added that it may be several weeks before they make a final decision.
But he said the park may be leased out to several organizations throughout the year or perhaps be contracted out to one company to do the negotiating.
County officials say one thing is for sure, they want to keep baseball alive in Bakersfield.
And they say they will continue security operations at the ballpark to maintain what they call a 'jewel' in the city.
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