City of Newburgh may explore minor league baseball

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Delano-Hitch Stadium (Anthony Grice Facebook)

NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh may hire a consulting company to explore the possibility of bringing minor league baseball to Delano-Hitch Stadium.

Twice before minor league baseball failed in the city, because of among other reasons, poor attendance.

But now, the city council may be ready to hire CSL Consultants of Frisco, Texas to conduct a feasibility study into the possibility.

City Councilman Anthony Grice’s initial reaction during discussion Thursday night was positive.

“I see our mayor throwing that first pitch and us up in those booths eating some good food and watching a baseball game,” he said. “I really think it will highlight that area to become an economic engine plus an attraction, period.”

The cost of the study is $50,000.

About 10 miles east across the Hudson River, Dutchess Stadium has been the home of the Hudson Valley Renegades Minor League Baseball team, now a New York Yankees affiliate.