Minor league baseball returns to Kinston, coming to Fayetteville
Posted August 22, 2016
When Minor League Baseball announced on Monday afternoon that this season will be the last for High Desert, currently the Texas Rangers’ high Class A affiliate, and Bakersfield, the Seattle Mariners’ affiliate in the California League, it paved the way for two new franchises in the Carolina League in Fayetteville and Kinston.
Both North Carolina towns have working stadium agreements to add a team.
Kinston and the Rangers signed a deal last summer which gives the club until the beginning of the 2017 season to upgrade at historic Grainger Stadium as the home of the Rangers' high-A affiliate.
“The Texas Rangers are very happy to be bringing baseball back to the great city of Kinston and we want to thank Minor League Baseball and the Kinston leadership for helping us to make this a reality for 2017,” said Texas Rangers Ownership Committee Chairman Neil Leibman. “We are excited about creating the best fan experience possible at Grainger Stadium, and we look forward to working with the city of Kinston and its residents to make it a top Carolina League franchise.”
The Fayetteville City Council last week agreed in principle to complete a stadium by 2019 to house a Houston Astros farm team.