Music City Baseball members talk about bringing Major League Baseball to Nashville
Dave Stewart, Alberto Gonzales and John Loar of Music City Baseball talk about bringing an MLB team to Nashville.
Courtney Pedroza, Nashville, Tennessean
Eddie George not only has an impact on Tennessee State as a football coach, he also influences another sport.
Following Georg’s recommendation, Music City Baseball has signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the possibility of building a stadium on TSU’s campus in hopes of luring a major league club to Nashville.
George, a former Tennessee Titans All-Pro who ran back, served as a board member of Music City Baseball and chairman of the real estate advisory committee, even before becoming TSU’s coach.
“Eddie has been my partner as a real estate consultant for as long as we have evaluated sites, and when Eddie committed (being TSU’s football coach) and TSU committed to Eddie, it really opened our eyes and made the connection clear,” Music City Baseball said. CEO John Loar to The Tennessean on Wednesday.
The connection is that Music City Baseball has built a platform on diversity, equality and inclusion. The organization has a connection to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and if it lands, an expansion team would call it the Nashville Stars, which would make it the first MLB club named after a Negro League team.
Music City Baseball recently received an endorsement from the Greater Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce.
Music City Baseball has also investigated building a stadium on the east bank of the Cumberland River near Nissan Stadium or at an undisclosed location in Williamson County.
Reproductions of the Cumberland River site were unveiled in October 2019. The following September, Titans officials said they were not interested in adding a baseball field to its property, although Loar did not rule out using another site along the riverbank.
So far, however, the group is focused on Tennessee State.
“We’ve made it our top priority to evaluate this site, to see if it makes sense to everyone involved.” Said Loar. “We will spend the next six months looking at this site with members of the community, with the TSU, the mayor’s office, the state and the bodies governing Tennessee State University, which is the state building commission and all the other governing agencies associated with it. “
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Loar said the potential stadium could also include expanding TSU’s studio housing along with research, development and educational opportunities in the school’s agricultural department and the educational components associated with the performing arts community.
“The ability to preserve history by creating history is really important to us,” Loar said. “The connection we have with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the fact that TSU is a historic black college and university, made us ask, does it make sense to society, does it make sense to TSU, does it make sense to us? “
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