League

It may not be official Major League baseball, but the Pecos League would be the first pro league the area has seen in more than a decade.

Here's the pitch.

Monterey City Manager Michael McCarthy is circulating word among Neighborhood Improvement Project presidents that he's got a dialogue going with a professional independent league baseball team that would love to call Monterey home this summer.

McCarthy says the president of the Pecos League, an independent professional baseball organization, is interested in playing home games at Sollecito Ballpark, and has already visited from Houston to see the field.

Two other Pecos League teams have already made California home for the upcoming summer. (The Pecos League phone number went to voicemail Tuesday morning, and McCarthy was not immediately available for comment.) 

"I am optimistic about an arrangement that makes sense all the way around," McCarthy wrote by email to neighborhood presidents. "Our staff is working on specifics now."

Those details include final dates and traffic impacts. Meetings with the city's Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission would follow early next month.

The anticipated schedule would be 16 home games on weekend nights in June and July.

If the deal continues to progress, McCarthy plans to present the plan to City Council for approval Jan. 17.

He added this: "Please know that we have not agreed to anything, and will only recommend it if this makes sense for our community.

"I see this as a benefit for our residents, and wanted you to know about this early, so that you can share with me your thoughts as we (or if we) move forward."

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