‘Topes ballpark a good selling point for new team

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Fans are worried about the Dodgers leaving Albuquerque again, but it turns out something voters said yes to more than a decade ago could be a good selling point to make sure Albuquerque still plays ball.

The Dodgers have been in the Duke City two different times for over 30 years and counting, but that may all change after the season wraps up in early September.

“I heard about that on the news actually, and I was like, no, They better not go somewhere else. They’re meant to be with us, so I hope they stay,” said fan Elsa Salvio.

Another fan, Lawrence Cchavez, said, “They’ve been here for so long that if you change something different, it hits Albuquerque … Hopefully we don’t lose any fans because of that.”

Fans are up in arms on why the Dodgers may be leaving. Isotopes General Manager John Traub hasn’t had any talks with the Dodgers yet on their decision to leave Albuquerque, but if the Dodgers do pull out of Albuquerque, some experts are saying there is a good chance that the Isotopes will get picked up by another major league team pretty fast.

In 2001, voters approved $25 million to renovate the ballpark. Isotopes beat writer Chris Jackson says that is one of the main reasons why albuquerque will more than likely see another suitor.

“The one thing about the Dodgers and other teams that have said Isotopes park is one of the best facilities,” said Jackson. “Not just for the fans, but for the players. You know, the field is very nice at all times, got the indoor batting cages. As a facility, it’s top-notch for players and for fans, so that’s an attraction for teams.”

The Isotopes are ranked third in attendance this season and average just less than 8,000 fans per game.

So, even if the Dodgers do leave, it’s pretty certain that Isotopes management is not going anywhere and that there will be a team here next season playing ball. It’s now just a matter of who that might be.

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