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Columbia residents to name new baseball team

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - As minor league baseball gets set to return to Columbia for the first time in a decade, residents are getting a chance to name the new team.

The yet to be identified team is scheduled to open play in April 2016 in a new venue that is slated to be the centerpiece of the Bull Street redevelopment on the old state mental health grounds.

"The team and venue will be great additions that will provide great entertainment and enhance the quality of life for residents of the Midlands," said Jason Freier, chairman and CEO of Hardball Capital and managing owner of the team. "We are excited to begin the process of crafting an identity that is uniquely Columbia and that fans and the community at large can be proud of and call their own."

Suggestions for the team name are now being accepted here. Fans are invited to suggest a name, along with a brief explanation of their suggestion until October 15.

The winning name, along with the teamâ??s logo and colors, will be unveiled in the Spring 2015. The fan who submits the winning name will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Opening Night at the ballpark. That fan will also receive a prize package that will include an official team cap and jersey and tickets to Opening Night.

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