Team president Ryan Keur was also surprised by the report, which broke on Sunday.
Michael Reeves has been following Daytona Beach’s baseball team for three decades now.
He can remember when they were the Astros and the Admirals, the Cubs and now the Tortugas. His house is full of Daytona Beach Islanders memorabilia, and his wife and two kids had accompanied him to nearly every home game for the past five seasons.
“While other families are out at Disney World, we’re chasing baseball games,” he said with a laugh.
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Unfortunately, that chase may be nearing the finish line.
According to a New York Times report on Sunday, the Tortugas could be one of 42 teams either eliminated or relocated at the end of next season when the Professional Baseball Agreement — the current agreement between Major League Baseball and Minor League teams — expires.
Ironically, the 2020 season also marks the 100-year anniversary of when the Daytona Beach Islanders first joined the Florida State League.
“Everything we’ve heard is this is coming…