Originally created 02/19/03

Macon will get new baseball team in Southeastern League

MACON, Ga. -- Macon will get a new minor league baseball team this summer to replace the Atlanta Braves farm club that moved to Rome, city officials announced Monday.

The new team will play in the independent Southeastern League, which is based in Morgan City, La., and starting its second season this summer.

A team nickname will be chosen through a contest and with help from the people of Macon.

Southeastern League president L.J. Dupuy said the team owners will be announced later this week. The city and the league are negotiating a three-year contract.

The league started last summer with six teams, but two teams - the Americus Arrows and the Ozark (Ala.) Patriots - folded in mid-July. The league now has teams in Houma, La.; Montgomery, Ala.; Selma, Ala.; Pensacola, Fla.; and Baton Rouge, La.

The team will play at 74-year-old Luther Williams Field.

The Macon Braves left for Rome in 2002 after 12 years in central Georgia.

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