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Albany in talks for minor-league franchise ... again

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Yet another minor league baseball franchise is eyeing Albany as a possible home, city officials revealed Tuesday.

And the proposed team's nom de guerre? The Albany Quail.

During budget talks Tuesday, Albany Parks and Recreation Director Suzanne Davis told Albany City Commissioners that talks had been ongoing with officials associated with the Peach State League out of Macon, which is interested in fielding a team, at least on a trial basis, in Albany.

While details of any new baseball action haven't been released, Davis said preliminarily the team would likely play 15 games this summer on a trial basis before a decision is made on a full, 40-game season next year.

The Commission has not acted on any sort of contract, and it wasn't clear whether it was likely that a contract would end up on its table for consideration any time soon.

If they did become a reality, the Quail would join a long list of minor-league and semi-professional baseball teams to trod the bases at Paul Eames Sports Park.

The South Georgia Peanuts were the last franchise to rule the diamond, but dissolved under financial strains in 2008. Over the years, the Waves, the Albany Alligators, the Colorado Silver Bullets and the Albany Polecats all have called Albany home.