Local man works to bring baseball back to Richmond

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New efforts to bring baseball back to Richmond are being launched in the day ahead.

One local man says he has the key to the next step in what's turned out to be a long process.

At 10 a.m. this morning -- a press conference will take place right here in from The Diamond on the Boulevard.

The purpose of the conference will be to announce the rollout of a new website called friendsofrichmondbaseball.com.

The founder, Charlie Diradour, says it's the next step in his own efforts to regain baseball in the river city in a fiscally responsible manner.

Diradour is also launching a new facebook page that asks members of facebook to join the support structure for a new team.

He wants to start now creating a real and tangible base of support for our new team before they arrive.

Now I want to remind you where we stand right now with getting a new team here in Richmond.

Just last week -- any plans of putting a stadium in Shockoe Bottom were squashed when the developer Highwoods Properties abandoned plans to build there.

It left the future of baseball even more up in the air -- and fans nervous about what's next -- and wondering if baseball on the Boulevard is now the only option.

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