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Macon-Bibb looking to bring minor league baseball team back

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert remembers what it was like when the city had a minor league baseball team.

"Warm summer evening, coming down to enjoy the action and the excitement associated with baseball in your home town," recalled Reichert.

Commissioners want to bring that feeling back.

"I think the time is right to go out and bring a team in if it’s at all feasible," said Macon-Bibb Commissioner Larry Schlesinger.

Commissioners voted to accept proposals from consultants who will conduct a study of how a team would affect the city.

"To look at Macon and see whether or not it would be economically feasible to have a minor league team," Reichert said.

Part of the study will determine the best location for a stadium. Luther Williams Field is up for consideration.

"It’s the second oldest baseball stadium in the nation," Reichert said.

The Macon Braves played their last game in town in 2002.

"People remember that and remember the good times that they had there," Reichert said.

Schlesinger thinks bringing a team back to Macon will improve the overall quality of life.

"I think that Mercer basketball over the years has really proven that Macon really is a sports town," Schlesinger said.

"I hope that the feasibility study comes back positive," Reichert said.

So that he can really knock this plan out of the park and help improve the city.

After commissioners receive all of the proposals, they will decide which business they want to conduct the study. There’s no word as to how soon a team could be coming back to Macon.