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01/23/10 7:00 PM EST
Rumor of Brewers' relocation 'ridiculous'
Team official denies reports by Orlando television station
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- A report from an Orlando, Fla., television station that the Brewers could someday move to central Florida is "ridiculous," the team's chief spokesperson said Saturday. The story from WFTV said Armando Gutierrez, a Florida real-estate developer who is running for Congress, is assembling a group of investors to begin discussions about luring a Major League franchise to Orlando. Gutierrez did not specifically mention the Brewers as a target, but WFTV reporter Mark Boyle did, speculating that "one team that could possibly relocate is the Milwaukee Brewers." Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes said that speculation is false. "The reporter or whoever else is putting that out there should do his homework," Barnes said. "It's irresponsible. We just finished ninth in attendance, we have one of the best ballparks in baseball and an owner who is totally committed to the [Milwaukee] area. "That report is beyond hilarious. I needed a good laugh today, and I got it." More than three million fans have passed through the turnstiles at Miller Park in each of the past two seasons and the Brewers ranked ninth of the 30 Major League teams in attendance in 2009. The team's lease at Miller Park runs through Dec. 31, 2030, and includes a non-relocation agreement.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.