MLB affiliated baseball has come and gone since the Portland Beavers arrived in 1903 as part of the Pacific Coast League. But, on Monday, the club played its last game in PGE Park.
Today on Fangraphs, I write about the last game(see The Death of Baseball in Portland), and why pro ball leaving Portland this time is different from other instances before:
It wasn’t supposed to end like this. In 2000, Portland came on the scene as a possible relocation candidate for the Montreal Expos. But, on Monday, the Triple-A Portland Beavers played their last game at PGE Park, pushed out by Major League Soccer, not Major League Baseball. With the departure, Minor League Baseball’s largest market is now empty, a victim of MLS wanting a soccer-only facility, and a city that, like most of the nation, has placed education and services above stretching a double into a triple.
With PGE Park now having a fulltime tenant, it spells trouble for efforts to fill the market again with baseball. Read more at the link above.
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