MARION – Baseball is returning to Marion next year.
At Friday night’s opener of the Colt World Series at Rent One Park in Marion, the ballpark’s General Manager, Dave Kost, said “next summer, Marion will be home to a brand–new baseball team in a collegiate, wooden bat baseball league. This is top–flight baseball. Players come from colleges across the country to play. The players use wooden bats because Major League Baseball scouts want to see how the college stars do with the same bats the pros use.”
The Rent One Park staff is asking for the community’s help naming the new team. Fans can submit their team name ideas online at NameOurNewTeam.com.
While on the site, fans can also sign up for notifications on team news, tickets, and exclusive merchandise availability.
Rent One Park officially became part of the Black Diamond family of businesses in January of this year.
The COLT World Series continues at Rent One Park through Tuesday. Team name suggestions will be accepted until the new name is announced in early fall.
Marion has been without baseball since last year when the owners of the Frontier League’s Southern Illinois Miners, Jayne and John Simmons, retired and folded the team. The Miners began play at Rent One Park in 2007.