Does Big League Weekend’s success point to a strong future for baseball in San Antonio?
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says yes: “I do see it as success of Triple-A baseball, if we can get the stadium in the right place.”
ESPN San Antonio’s Ari Temkin says no: “No, it’s a novelty, it’s scarcity in this context is the most important aspect to it.”
Meaning, he said, Big League Weekend and MLB come into San Antonio for a weekend, people get excited, then the show leaves.
“It’s not indicative of anything other than it’s baseball three days out of the year for a city that never has professional (MLB) baseball,” Temkin said.
Judge Wolff said San Antonio isn’t ready for Major League Baseball, yet.
“I think we’re still several years away from Major League Baseball, but certainly Triple-A baseball in the right location could be very popular,” he said.
And that option, though stalled at the moment, is still on the table.
The Texas Rangers will play the Cleveland Indians in the 2017 Big League Weekend.