A group interested in putting a professional baseball team in Joplin spoke to the Joplin City Council at a work session Wednesday night (12/6). After hearing from Southwest League President Mark Schuster (pictured), the Council voted to have City staff negotiate a potential lease with the League.
“Council was comfortable enough to instruct staff to work on the framework of a lease.”
Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert tells News Talk KZRG the City Council wants to “get this right” after the failed tenure of the Joplin Blasters in 2016 and ’17. “We’re taking it seriously enough to have our City staff sit down and meet with this group for the next few weeks and see if we can get a substantial framework of a lease that is agreeable to both parties.”
The Southwest League plans to begin play in 2019. Schuster told the Council they have a manager lined up to manage a Joplin team: Kash Beauchamp, who attended Grove High School and played 12 years in the minor leagues and has managed independent minor league teams.