Eye on Business: Minor League Baseball President in Tallahassee

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

"We are much more sophisticated than we used to be. The stakes are higher, clubs cost more than they used to, but at the core is what's not changed is we are affordable family entertainment," said Pat O'Conner, Minor League Baseball President.

"We are here for customer service. We have new sparkling buildings to service fans and players. It's changed in a lot of ways and at its core, it's still America's Past Time. It's still family entertainment and it's a safe environment for mom, dad, kids, grandma, and grandpa."

"I don't think Tallahassee ever gets off of anyone's radar screen with two universities here. that is an asset and a liability all the same. I think that it is always on our radar as a lot of geographic appeal. It's right here on I-10, convenient to east and west. There will always be an incredible amount of interest. But back to the core of your question, we don't have anything going on in Tallahassee, but I'm sure that conversation is never too far off of too many peoples minds."

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    How much is it going to cost us to build the stadium, less than the performing arts center?
  • by RJ Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    It didn't happen because our elected officials hard timed the people who were trying to make it happen. This is a fantastic baseball market and there is a buzz about just how possible this can be, much of which has been created by Capital Sports Initiative, a group affiliated with KCCI. Come to Tallahassee! You won't be sorry that you did.
  • by Barry Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    Tallahassee is a very "small" town and always will be a small town, in many ways. Most people don't know that Austin, TX and Tallahassee were the same size at one time about 40 years ago. That seems like a long time, but it was the 70's. We have people working behind the scenes along with government (local) to make sure we always are a "small" town.
  • by please tell me Location: tally on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    Didn't we try this once? And, why did it not happen then?
  • by Need a job Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    We could sure use the extra jobs. Especially if the governor lays off all the state workers that he wants to lay off.
  • by TallyBB Location: Tallahassee on Feb 18, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    Among my favorite memories was minor league baseball during my teens in the '60's. Got to see Joe Rudi, Rollie Fingers, Al Lewis, etc. with the A's. Hope we get a team here.
  • by Marshall Location: Tally on Feb 17, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    A minor league team would generate more money than the dang performing arts center. Sure with Devoe could have got the backing a few years ago. Pensacola is getting a Double AA team in 2012. They are building a brand new stadium for tbem now. Tally would be a prime spot for another AA team to be between Jax and P'Cola.
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