Napa Silverados Become Newest Member of Pacific Association
League Exploring Expansion Options for Sixth Team
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Sonoma, Calif. – June 30, 2017 – The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs has officially added a fifth team. The Napa Silverados will join the league and take the field in the 2018 season.
Silverados owner, Bruce Johnston, entered an agreement with the league to determine if he would move forward as owner by June 30, 2017. Johnston put in a non-refundable deposit while he determined if there was enough support for an independent pro baseball team in Napa, and he was met with a resounding, “yes” from the Napa community. He notified the league of his intentions on June 28th.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me, but more importantly for the entire Napa Valley Community,” Johnston said. “This started with the concept of creating fun and affordable family entertainment – which is lacking in the Napa Valley – but has become an idea which is supported by local businesses who want to be a part of bringing Professional Baseball to the food and wine capital of the world. They recognize the terrific opportunities we will all have to give back to a community we are lucky to call home.”
Johnston added, “I have to say that the owners and staffs of the teams in the league have been terrific in helping me understand it is about more than just baseball, but that it’s also about working hard to become part of the fabric of the community. I am very thankful for all of the assistance and counsel they have provided me.”
Jonathan Stone, pacific Association Commissioner is excited to see the league grow. “With Napa in the fold, we have natural rivalries all within a reasonable travel area,” Stone commented. “Fans can enjoy their team at home and easily root for them on the road as all the teams are within minutes of each other.”
Stone added the expansion of the Pacific Association increases its profile and standing in the independent professional baseball world, saying, “The league is now able to draw in the best professional baseball players available to us in the west coast’s only independent professional league.”
Johnston is in discussions with Napa Valley College to use their baseball field as the home ballpark for the Silverados. He will invest in improvements to the seating capacity, media booth and concession area. Johnston has been a Napa resident since 2007 and is shopping mall development consultant.
The Pacific Association is exploring markets for the sixth team to join the Pacific Association in 2018 including Martinez and cities in the south bay.
For more information contact Bruce Johnston (707) 254-8377, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.silveradosbaseball.com