Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mayor Tosses Out Baseball League.

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

Mayor Jim Baca rejected having an independent baseball league use the Albuquerque Sports Stadium next year by vetoing a bill Thursday that would require the city to contract with a professional team.

Several councilors criticized the veto, saying it could leave Albuquerque without a professional baseball team next summer. The councilors said they will try to gather the six votes they need to override the veto.

"This is about whether Albuquerque will have professional baseball next year," said Councilor Greg Payne. "Western League baseball may not be the best game in town, but at least it's a game."

A majority of city councilors said last week they want the city to contract with the Western Baseball League to bring a professional team to Albuquerque. …

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