Sheldon Ocker, a writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, posted this good news to Ohio.com, and it has made my day. Finally, Columbus is probably going to get a taste of big-league baseball in the next year or so. Answering a question about whether the Tribe will abandon Buffalo for Columbus, he wrote:
"From all accounts, the Tribe's deep-thinkers are pleased to have their highest farm team in Buffalo, where the Rich family runs one of the most professional operations in the minor leagues. The stadium is first class, the treatment is first class and the team is only three hours from Cleveland.
Columbus, on the other hand, is not known for being a well-oiled machine. True, the city is only 21/2 hours from Progressive Field, but that's not a big deal.
But this is: Columbus will have a new downtown ballpark in 2009. That would be a nice perk for the Indians, but there is a more important reason they are considering a change of venue. SportsTime Ohio already airs games in the capital city, and it would be a natural fit for the Tribe to field a Triple-A team in Central Ohio."