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Albany Quails logo unveiled; schedule still unclear

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

MACON -- With the countdown clock on the Peach State League's official website sitting at 10 days and some change until the beginning of the minor-league organization's first season, the PSL recently released some tentative dates for a few of the road games of Albany's franchise, the Quails.

Not to mention a little artwork to satisfy fans' curiosity about what this new team may look like -- at least in its uniforms, anyway.

The PSL, which is based in Macon, released the logos for all four of the franchises Tuesday it plans to put on the field this summer: The Macon Pinetoppers, the Warner Robins Aviators, the Milledegville Capitals and, of course, the Albany Quails.

But despite signing 30 former college baseball players from around the country at this past weekend's tryout, there has been no official word yet which teams any of the players will play for. The league plans to finalize those rosters in the next few days.

What was finalized recently, however, were several of the Quails' game dates away from home against the league's flagship team, the Pinetoppers. Albany's home games -- which will be played at Paul Eames Sports Complex and were tentatively schedule to begin in mid-July -- have yet to be finalized. According to the PSL's website, however, the Quails open the 2010 slate June 26 at Macon at 6 p.m., for the first in a three-game series. The Quails go back to Macon on July 11, 13 and 14 for another three-game series, then again July 21-23 before closing out the month with another series July 29-31. The only game dates currently settled for the following month are one on Aug. 1 (the fourth game in the set vs. Macon) and one lone game Aug. 8.

However, none of the Quails' game dates against the Capitals or Aviators has been released, nor has the schedule for the latter two teams been settled on yet either.

The 2010 season, meanwhile, starts June 19 at Luther Williams Field in Macon when the Pinetoppers host the Aviators at 6 p.m.

Yet, some of those Quails' road dates conflict with some of the original dates for Albany home games PSL co-founder Bill Larsen gave last month to the Albany Recreation and Parks Department Director Suzanne Davis, who outlined organization's plan to play at Paul Eames in an e-mail to The Herald.

The PSL had originally planned to play a shortened schedule for the Quails the first year to gauge fan interest and community support before bringing them into the fold full time.

In fact, Davis' e-mail to The Herald last month stated: "The proposal is for 15 games in 2010 and then 42 games in 2011."

But Tuesday's press release on the PSL's webstated the following: "The Macon Pinetoppers and the Peach State League have officially introduced the names and logos of the other three teams competing in the summer of 2010. The Albany Quails, Milledgeville Capitals and Robins Aviators, along with the Macon Pinetoppers, will each play 42 games in the Peach State League's inaugural season. All games will take place at Macon's historic Luther Williams Field."

That, of course, would indicate that the Quails may actually play a full season this year, -- with all their games being away on the road in Macon.

Larsen could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Davis, however, indicated late Tuesday that she had spoken with Larsen and plans were still in place to play some games in Albany. She added, however, that she hadn't heard about any plan in which the franchise would play a much longer 42-game schedule.

A manager for the Quails also has yet to be announced.