Here’s one thing Sonomans seem to agree on: A pro baseball team in town, with Arnold Field as its stadium, would be really cool.
That was the impression Wednesday night following a City Council presentation by Redwood Sports and Entertainment, a company planning to bring professional minor league baseball back to the county with its Sonoma Stompers.
The Stompers are the sixth team in the Pacific Association League, which also includes the San Rafael Pacifics, BayCal Lumberjacks, Vallejo Admirals and two Hawaiian teams. The independent league – described as A to AA in caliber – is owned and managed by Redwood Sports and has played two seasons so far.
“Many years ago in the U.S. and California, minor league baseball was the backbone of many kinds of towns, including Sonoma,” said Redwood Sports owner Brian Sobel in remarks to council members.
Sobel proposed a one-year trial period for the Stompers, but was confident locals would want to keep the franchise around due to its entertainment value, economic benefits, community benefits and “minimal adverse impacts.”