CHARLOTTE MAKES PITCH TO BE TWINS SECOND OPTION IN CAROLINA
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).