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Mayor: Huntsville Stars run by 'absentee owner'

Mayor Battle said he expects the Stars to play their next season in Huntsville. Mayor Battle said he expects the Stars to play their next season in Huntsville.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle confirmed Friday that his office is in talks with Major League Baseball's director of Minor League Baseball about the possibility of getting a new team if the Huntsville Stars leave.

Earlier this week, the city said it was aware of media reports suggesting the Stars would leave after the upcoming season for Biloxi, Mississippi. Mayor Battle said he expects the Stars to play their next season in Huntsville.

Battle said the Stars have not told him whether or not they're gone. He described the relationship between the city and Stars' owner Miles Prentice as tenuous. Prentice lives in New York.

"Miles Prentice is the owner," said Battle. "He never came down to a game last year. I think he came to one game the year before. He's an absentee owner."

If the Stars leave, Battle wants a new team with local ownership. The mayor was asked whether a new team would play in Joe Davis Stadium, the current home of the Huntsville Stars, or a new ballpark?

The mayor didn't want to rule out the possibility of a new downtown ballpark, but said he'd also consider having architecture firms submit bids for upgrading Joe Davis Stadium. Battle added that a possible location for a downtown ballpark could be Huntsville's Coca-Cola building.

The mayor said Battle's office is open to all ideas and a new team doesn't have to be from the Southern League, the league the Huntsville Stars currently play in.

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