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Baseball President responds to concerns about team name

The most recent agreement between BallCorps LLC. and the City of Madison states the name "Madison," should be the primary word in the team name unless BallCorps decides to change it.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 4:37 PM

President Roger Wexelberg of the new minor league baseball team coming to Madison responded Friday, after taxpayers voiced their concerns about spending money on the team that may not have the word "Madison" in it.

The most recent agreement between BallCorps LLC. and the City of Madison states the name "Madison," should be the primary word in the team name unless BallCorps decides to change it. Taxpayers have mixed reactions on the topic.

"For all rights for the taxpayers, it should be in the name somewhere... Madison," Hugh Gallagher said.

Charles Rosema, who lives next to the construction site of the new baseball stadium, disagrees.

"To me, that's a non-issue," Rosema said.

The new team is scheduled to start play in 2020, with taxpayers helping fund the 46 million-dollar stadium. However, there is a chance the new team won't have the name "Madison" in it all. In fact, it could even be named after Huntsville.

"[We] have had people say it should be Madison, we've had people say in Madison that it should be a regional name," President Wexelberg said.

BallCorps opened voting for the top 10 choices for team names Thursday. People who vote will notice multiple options for the locator of the team: Madison, Rocket city, and North Alabama. Gallagher thinks it's unfair.

"If it's going to be Tennessee Valley or North Alabama, it should be moved out with adjoining counties to cover them too," Gallagher said. "But if Madison is the one footing the bill, I think that's only right."

Rosema has seen this before. Before moving to Alabama, Rosema lived in Michigan, where he witnessed the local minor league team there go through something similar.

"Though the stadium is in Grand Rapids or Comstock Park, a suburb, It is referred to as the "West Michigan Whitecaps" and not the "Grand Rapids White Caps," Rosema said. "It's never been an issue there and I sense a similar situation here in Alabama."

Whatever the name may be, Wexelberg says the focus is still on benefiting Madison.

"The biggest benefit to Madison for the stadium is to fill it up every night, from a monetary standpoint, from a perception standpoint," Wexelberg said.

WAAY31 spoke to the City of Madison and officials say ultimately the city will get the final say on the locator of the team name.

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