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Officials from San Antonio plan to meet with Marlins officials in Texas this week, an official close to the situation said. Though Marlins executives visited Las Vegas last December, this will be the team's first meeting with officials from another city since receiving permission Nov. 21 to explore relocation.

 

Meanwhile, MLB president Robert DuPuy is expected to meet with Marlins and Huizenga Holdings officials this week to discuss building a stadium on Wayne Huizenga-owned land next to Dolphins Stadium. The proposal still has a funding gap of at least $80 million.

 

Huizenga has offered the Marlins free land on the site and discussed chipping in $50 million toward construction, sources said. Huizenga, who is believed to be losing patience, has not said whether he would expect a share of the stadium profits.

 

Miami-Dade County has offered $138 million toward a stadium. County manager George Burgess said Monday he still holds out hope but conceded, ``At the end of the day, we may not be successful, and the franchise may leave.''

 

-- BARRY JACKSON

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And San Antonio may be the one place that offers a place to play while waiting for a stadium. I'm sure the Alamodome could be configured for baseball for a couple years.

 

I think this is the city to worry most about actually.

 

 

Yeah, this one worries me.

 

However, the fact that this is viewed as, at best, the third option behind Portland and Vegas is somewhat comforting...

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San Antonio Business Journal - 10:19 AM CST Tuesday

Florida Marlins may be looking for San Antonio home

W. Scott Bailey

 

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has held quiet conversations with Florida Marlins officials that could eventually lead to the Major League Baseball franchise relocating from South Florida to South Texas.

 

And although the intent, say some local officials, was to keep the situation quiet until plans for where the NFL's Saints will play next season were more firmed up, this latest development could help raise the Alamo City's national profile with both leagues.

 

Wolff was unavailable for comment. His assistant will only say that the county judge will address the media on the steps of the County Courthouse today at 3 p.m.

 

Wolff's son, City Councilman Kevin Wolff, says about this latest opportunity for San Antonio to potentially add another major league sports franchise to its lineup: "Dad gets all the credit for this one."

 

Marlins officials visited with local leaders in Las Vegas last year about a potential relocation of the team, which has failed to gain traction for a new stadium in Florida. But this is believed to be the first meeting of team officials with another city since receiving permission from Major League Baseball to pursue relocation opportunities late last month.

 

"It's still a long way from done," Councilman Wolff warns. "But he (Nelson Wolff) feels pretty strongly that they (Marlins) are serious."

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Das says:

 

COME ON DOWN!

 

and here is another little swifty article:

 

San Antonio Business Journal - 10:19 AM CST Tuesday

 

Florida Marlins may be looking for San Antonio home

 

W. Scott Bailey

 

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has held quiet conversations with Florida Marlins officials that could eventually lead to the Major League Baseball franchise relocating from South Florida to South Texas.

 

And although the intent, say some local officials, was to keep the situation quiet until plans for where the NFL's Saints will play next season were more firmed up, this latest development could help raise the Alamo City's national profile with both leagues.

 

Wolff was unavailable for comment. His assistant will only say that the county judge will address the media on the steps of the County Courthouse today at 3 p.m.

 

Wolff's son, City Councilman Kevin Wolff, says about this latest opportunity for San Antonio to potentially add another major league sports franchise to its lineup: "Dad gets all the credit for this one."

 

Marlins officials visited with local leaders in Las Vegas last year about a potential relocation of the team, which has failed to gain traction for a new stadium in Florida. But this is believed to be the first meeting of team officials with another city since receiving permission from Major League Baseball to pursue relocation opportunities late last month.

 

"It's still a long way from done," Councilman Wolff warns. "But he (Nelson Wolff) feels pretty strongly that they (Marlins) are serious."

 

Would Nelson get a second stadium named after him in the city?

 

I guess this would mean cya Missions...can we keep the name though? And the Puffy Taco for hte mascot?

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Marlins president visits San AntonioAssociated Press

Major League Baseball News Wire

 

SAN ANTONIO -- The head of the Florida Marlins visited San Antonio on Tuesday as part of a preliminary search for a possible new home for the National League team.

 

Marlins president David Samson said San Antonio was the first stop on a tour that will last three to five months.

 

"We're not a free-agent pitcher. We're a team looking for a right fit," said Samson.

 

The Marlins have struggled to attract large crowds at Dolphins Stadium, home of Miami's NFL team, since their inception in 1993. They can leave after their lease expires in 2007.

 

After previous owner Wayne Huizenga boosted payroll, the Marlins won the 1997 World Series. But disappointing attendance led to a roster purge and a last-place finish in 1998.

 

The Marlins, two years removed from another World Series title, are getting rid of high-priced players again this offseason. They recently abandoned plans to build a stadium in downtown Miami.

 

Major League Baseball has given the Marlins permission to explore relocation.

 

Samson was escorted by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger.

 

"We don't know where it all might lead, but it's a start," said Wolff.

 

San Antonio is the interim home for the Hurricane Katrina-displaced Saints. The NFL team faces questions about returning to New Orleans, but commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Monday he thinks the Saints will play some games in New Orleans next season.

 

"It's only one indication of how San Antonio is moving forward on all fronts, that the Marlins are even here talking to us," Hardberger said.

 

Samson also is expected to visit Las Vegas, Portland, Oregon and other cities he didn't disclose.

 

San Antonio is home to the Double-A Missions of the Texas League.

 

The Missions, affiliated with the Seattle Mariners, play at Wolff Stadium, which is named for the county judge and ex-mayor.

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