Double-A professional baseball may be headed for a temporary stay in Burlington, beginning this spring.
The Seattle Mariners’ homeless Southern League franchise is considering a one- or two-year stay in Burlington or Wilmington, N.C.
However, the move is subject to several restrictions, including rules allowing neighboring teams, such as the Class A Greensboro Bats, the right to block it.
Jim Beattie, Seattle’s director of minor league operations, will visit Burlington and Wilmington today, and a final decision should be made Monday.
If the Mariners come to Burlington Athletic Stadium, the Appalachian League Indians, a Class A team of the Cleveland Indians, might move to Huntington, W.Va., for a season or two.
The Seattle team has been in Nashville, Tenn., for the past two seasons, sharing a ballpark with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Seattle didn’t want to share the park any longer, and didn’t want its team in Puerto Rico, a move favored by the Southern League.