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Saturday, March 2, 2024

MLB Analyst Lobbying for Game at Historical Stadium

  • MLB Network analyst and former MLB player Harold Reynolds is lobbying for a "Field of Dreams" game to be played at a Negro League stadium.
  • He is joined in the effort by Paterson, New Jersey's mayor.
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A major renovation could see a Major League Baseball game played at one of the last Negro League stadiums still standing.

Former MLB player and MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds and the mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, Andre Sayegh, are pushing for a “Field of Dreams”-style MLB game to be played at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson.

The 10,000-seat stadium, built in 1932, is undergoing a $94 million renovation that will add an apartment building, parking garage, and restaurant, as well as make repairs to the facility.

  • Last year’s inaugural “Field of Dreams” game, created to mimic the game played by baseball legends in the 1989 movie, was an enormous success, drawing 5.9 million viewers on Fox Sports.
  • The audience was the largest on the network for a regular-season MLB game since 2005. The contest will return with a Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game in 2022.

A Historic Site

The Negro Leagues were a collection of baseball leagues for African-Americans and other dark-skinned baseball players who were not permitted to play in the majors.

In December 2020, Major League Baseball designated seven of these leagues as official “Major Leagues,” adding their statistics to the official record books.

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