The Cincinnati Reds announced via Twitter on Wednesday that they will add an Appalachian League team in Greeneville. They’ll replace the Astros, who pulled out after last season.
Jeremy Boler, vice president of Boyd Sports, said Wednesday that his organization has already reached out to the Reds.
“We would love to be involved with them,” Boler said. “It’s their decision at this time. I’m not sure how that will work out. The news just came out yesterday and I’m sure they’re reaching out to their affiliates to see if any of them have any interest.”
Baseball America reported on Tuesday that the Reds joining the Appy League was all but a done deal. The Astros played at Pioneer Park on Tusculum College’s campus since 2004.
Boyd Sports has run the Johnson City Cardinals for two years and the team twice set attendance records. Johnson City’s TVA Credit Union Ballpark was chosen as the top rookie-level stadium in minor league baseball last season.
The company, based in Sevierville, also runs the Tennessee Smokies. Randy Boyd, the company’s owner, is a Republican gubernatorial candidate.
“With our resources, we’re not far down the road and we’d like to get involved if we can,” Boler said. “Greeneville is literally smack dab in the middle. It would make perfect sense for us.
“At the end of the day, it’s their decision.”