More details about what the future could look like for the Butler BlueSox were detailed at Thursday night’s meeting of the City of Butler Parks, Recreation Grounds, and Facilities Authority.
Larry Sassone was one of several BlueSox owners to attend the meeting.
He said the ownership group is looking into joining the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, which would mean the BlueSox will still be playing at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler next summer. The Great Lakes League is a 15-team circuit that has nine teams in Ohio, four in Michigan, one in Indiana, and one in Ontario, Canada.
There’s only one problem– the deadline to join the league is Aug. 31.
“It’s just at the point right now where if you want a wooden bat league here, a collegiate league here, there has to be some urgency on this board’s part,” Sassone said Thursday.
The Great Lakes League has a $40,000 buy-in able to be paid over eight seasons. The team would also only have 21 home games, as opposed to the 30 they had in the Prospect League, but Sassone says it would be just as competitive.
No authority members chose to make any public comment during Thursday’s meeting but the board did move into a private executive session following the public meeting.
The BlueSox are the main tenant of Kelly Automotive Park, which is run by the city authority.
Written By: Ryan Saeler for the Butler Radio Network