Local baseball teams continue to work toward agreement



No resolution has been reached yet in the ongoing tussle between local ballplayers for use of Sinsheimer Stadium in San Luis Obispo. City Parks and Recreation officials brought in a professional mediator for a Feb. 15 meeting with the SLO Blues, the Central Coast Men's Adult Baseball League, and the Rattlers, who each want key dates for their summer seasons.

The situation kicked into high gear in December when the Rattlers a semiprofessional team owned by local businessmen threw their hat in the ring and announced that they would be playing at least 17 home games at Sinsheimer. The Parks and Rec Department took a hands-off approach, and, in January, the city's Joint Use Committee decided that the scheduling issue would be put to a lottery if the three teams in question couldn't come to an agreement themselves. Just days before that lottery was scheduled to happen, Parks and Rec Director Betsy Kiser announced that they would step in to try and resolve the conflict.

The Feb. 15 meeting may not have produced a definitive solution, but the ball is rolling for all three teams.

After the meeting, Kiser sent out a general e-mail to media, saying: "All parties came to the table in good faith. They had a productive meeting and took steps in the right direction."

The lottery has been postponed until at least Feb. 26, when the group will hold a second mediation session. Now, with opening day just three months away, the biggest concern for everyone involved is settling the schedule quickly.


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