Kokomo to join Prospect League for 2015 baseball season
Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight joined Prospect League officials and new Kokomo team owner Michael Zimmerman to announce that Kokomo will join the Prospect League with a new team for the 2015 season.
"The Prospect League's decision to bring a team to Kokomo is more than a baseball announcement," Goodnight said. "This is about bringing family entertainment to the heart of our city and creating pedestrian activity in the afternoon and evening around a new baseball stadium."
The Prospect League features twelve teams competing in a six-state region. With the addition of Kokomo, the league will have three Indiana teams including the Richmond RiverRats and Terre Haute Rex.
Construction is currently underway on the new, 4,000-seat Kokomo Municipal Stadium that will host the team's home games. The team is holding a contest to name the team.
The team will lease the stadium from the city and share responsibility for maintenance of the facility and grounds.
"I have been all over the Midwest in the past six months looking for the right opportunity for minor league baseball," said Zimmerman, founder and CEO of MKE Sports & Entertainment. "After spending the day with Mayor Goodnight and city staff, as well as attending a local youth baseball game, I was hooked on Kokomo. The energy of the community with their love for sports and the revitalization projects currently underway is the perfect storm. It's a real recipe for success. I am truly humbled and grateful that the city has chosen my group to represent the great city of Kokomo."
Kokomo native Joe Thatcher is playing in his seventh season in the Major Leagues. He is a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Before he made it to the Major Leagues, Joe rose through baseball's amateur ranks playing for the Quincy Gems of the Prospect League.
"The summer I played for the Quincy Gems was one of the best experiences of my amateur career," Thatcher said. "The competition and coaching was great. The City of Quincy really supported us, and I am very confident that this will be a plus for our community, as well. I am very excited that Kokomo will be offering the same experience to these college-age players."
Name the team contest