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CHARLOTTE MAKES PITCH TO BE TWINS SECOND OPTION IN CAROLINA
Published December 16, 1997
The city of Charlotte held a public forum on the possibility of the Twins relocating to the area, and the "message" from the meeting was "if the Triad doesn't want" the Twins, Charlotte "will gladly step in," according to Foon Rhee of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The meeting drew 150 people, and representatives of potential Twins buyer Don Beaver used the positive response "to issue a warning to" Greensboro-area residents. A Triad poll released Sunday showed public opposition to a May ballpark referendum and Beaver hopes to move an MLB team to the Triad in 2001 after two years in Knights Castle. Beaver's NC Major League Baseball VP Tim Newman said, "The message to the Triad is: It's your ball, hit it. ... If you swing and miss, then there's some other options out there. And I think there might be some options here" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/16).