Sacramento seeks Major League Baseball

Sacramento seeks Major League Baseball
July 9, 2012, 8:15 pm

SACRAMENTO -- Could Northern California be home to three Major League Baseball teams? The mayor of Sacramento thinks it could be possible.

While efforts to keep the NBA's Kings in town continue to be stalled, mayor Kevin Johnson is aiming to lure big-league baseball to the state capital.

Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento task force announced a plan Monday to market California's capital city as a possible landing spot for a major league team. A plan for a new arena for the Sacramento Kings collapsed earlier this year when team owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof backed out, saying it didn't make financial sense for the franchise.

"Sacramento must seize control of its own future," Johnson told the Sacramento Bee. "We cannot rely on others, or wait for something to come along."

Baseball might be an even longer shot.

There are already two teams in Northern California, and Oakland's Triple-A affiliate plays in Sacramento. The Athletics have their sights set on San Jose, but the San Francisco Giants hold the territorial rights to that area.

Johnson aides said the mayor likely will hold a news briefing this week to lay out his case that Sacramento is a major league baseball city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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