The Burlington City Council got an update on the efforts to save the city’s Minor League baseball team during its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21, in addition to hearing regular council business.
City Manager Hardin Watkins gave the update at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting, recapping what steps have been taken to save the Burlington Royals as well as what’s next.
In the fall, more than 100 officials from across the country signed a letter of support, urging officials to save the 46 Minor League teams that are on the chopping block ahead of the 2021 season. Minor League baseball hosted a series of winter meetings in December.
“We have not gotten a lot of concrete information, but they did have a substantial number of conversations and meetings,” Watkins said.
The next step, he said, is an effort to seek a resolution from both houses of the state legislature as well as encouragement for the drafting of local-level resolutions.
“We’ll have that for you to look at in February,” Watkins told the council.
Watkins also reminded the council and the public at the meeting that the upcoming 2020 season for the Burlington Royals will not be affected.