McBean Stadium infield is looking ready for baseball
A new baseball team, called the Lincoln Potters, was added to the Great West League and will begin play in the summer of 2017. At a press conference today at McBean Stadium, Great West League and Potters Team leadership met with local city and county officials and the public to announce the team’s entry into the league.
During the announcement, vintage Potters baseball pennants were displayed on the backstop, courtesy of the Lincoln Archives Museum. McBean Stadium has been undergoing renovations and upgrades to prepare it for hosting William Jessup University’s Baseball games in the spring. In the outfield, trucks and heavy equipment were busily replacing sod.
The Lincoln Archives Museum provided vintage pennants from earlier Potters teams.
Standing on home plate, Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short greeted the crowd, saying, “I’ve looked at those old posters for Potters Baseball and I always asked if we were ever going to have another team, and now we finally got it. And we’re on the new field – how great is this?”
Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short welcomes baseball fans to McBean Stadium.
Team co-owner Clifton Taylor said, “We’re very excited to see Potters baseball come back to Lincoln and I think it’s going to be a tremendous addition to the downtown area.” Pointing to a display of the Potters team uniform designs, Taylor said, “We’re excited to have a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new as part of the Potters tradition.”
Team co-owner Clifton Taylor talks about some of the history in the team uniform designs.
David Attaway is the CEO of Placer Valley Tourism. “Our group was very excited to participate with the city and William Jessup University to help bring the first phase of this great field in restoring what has been a terrific gem that’s been undernourished these past few years,” said Attaway. “We look forward to the first pitch.”
Bill Stewart, also co-owner of the Potters, added, “It takes a community to get something like this going, and we’re proud to be a partner of it. We will get out into the community, help promote the local non-profits, and have affordable, friendly family entertainment.”
The Great West League is a college summer wood-bat league, with teams in Oregon and California, including the Chico Heat, Medford Rogues, Marysville Gold Sox and the Portland Pickles.
Ken Wilson, President of the Great West League, said, “Summer college wood-bat baseball is not that different from Triple A baseball. It’s all about fun, fun at a good price. That’s what the Great West League is and that’s what the Lincoln Potters are. It’s great entertainment. When you come out to a game, you’ll find out it’s about a lot more than baseball. The baseball is at a very high level, but it’s also about activities and having a lot of fun things going on. I look forward to seeing you here on June 1st for opening night.”
(l. to r.) Matt Lungren (Potters team general manager), Ken Wilson (Great West League President), Bill Stewart and Clifton Taylor (Potters team co-owners)
Wayne Sisneroz spoke on behalf of the Downtown Lincoln Association. “We feel that it’s a great opportunity to have folks, not only from Lincoln but from the area, to come out here. Imagine, bringing your family out here to game, having some sodas and popcorn, and after the game head to downtown Lincoln to do some shopping and some eating. We’re looking forward to showing people who haven’t seen our downtown, that they can Discover the Charm of downtown Lincoln.”
Wayne Sisneroz, Downtown Lincoln Association
Potters team general manager Matt Lundgren answered questions from those in attendance. Lundgren said, “The team is being assembled now. We have about 12 kids signed right now, and we’re looking at having about 30-35 guys. The majority of the team will show up on Memorial weekend to start practice. All the players are college-age players, they’ll come from all over the country and we’ll have some local guys playing, too.” Lundgren continued, “We’ll play 27 home league games and also have some non-league games. We’ll have lots of fun stuff for kids, on-field activities and the promotions will be geared toward the younger generation.”
The 2017 season begins in late-May and the first home game for the Lincoln Potters will be on June 1st. More information about the team can be found at the team website.
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