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Stompers aim to make baseball fan-friendly

Officials of the newly-formed Sonoma Stompers professional baseball team want to deliver family-oriented fun at an affordable price.

Michael Shapiro, president of the Stompers and the San Rafael Pacifics, said they want to “replicate the Crushers’ experience.”

The Sonoma County Crushers were part of the independent Western Baseball League and played their games in Rohnert Park from 1995 to 2002, when the league folded.

The Stompers and Pacifics are part of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, an independent league that, talent-wise, is somewhere between A and AA baseball. In addition, there are teams in Vallejo and Martinez. The last two years, the league had two teams in Hawaii, but the travel was expensive and the Hawaii-owner sustained about $2-million in losses.

“We want to be in small, community-based fields,” Shapiro said at a public meeting Saturday. “We want to bring the joy the Crushers brought, but on a smaller scale.”

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