The resolution was prepared by Mike Mains, the city’s director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Mains also served as general manager of the Elizabethton Twins for many years.
Mains said there is a long tradition of Minor League Baseball in the city, stating that over the past 45 years the Elizabethton Twins and Minor League Baseball “have played an integral part in the lives of our citizens during the summer months.” The resolution noted that the Appalachian League provides a chance for citizens of Elizabethton and for the citizens of nine other communities in the region to enjoy professional baseball.
Mains said the citizens of Elizabethton have enjoyed watching dozens of big league stars when they were playing in Elizabethton. The city has also enjoyed financial benefits. The resolution noted that Boyd Sports, the management organization for the Elizabethton Twins, determined that the game contributed $397,664.42 to the local economy.
The city of Elizabethton also supported Minor League Baseball by committing to recent improvements at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark. The city has provided funding for an improved lighting system, drainage system, dugouts, concession stand, restrooms, batting cage, new outfield wall, additional paved parking, and a new entrance to the stadium.
In the resolution, the city would express formal support for the Elizabethton Twins, the Appalachian League, and the keeping of Minor League Baseball in the United States.
Th City Council also requested the Tennessee General Assembly, the governor, and the Tennessee congressional delegation take formal action to keep Minor League Baseball in Tennessee and in the United States.