Field of dreams fades in Santa Maria
August 8, 2013
An independent baseball scout and agent from Morro Bay now says he won’t be helping bring a professional baseball team to Santa Maria because city officials there have not been cooperative. (Santa Maria Times)
Jim Hayes had been part of an investment group looking into the possibility of pro ball. But Hayes said this week that he has been unable to find a suitable place for competition.
Hayes had wanted to field the team at Elks Field, but noted that he would need a more stable commitment from city officials before he could begin forming a team.
“Santa Maria is not a good fit anymore,” he told a reporter. “I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels. I felt like nobody wants us.”
He said the deal-breaker was his inability to secure a long-term lease from the city, adding that he plans to look at other locations to place a team.