City of Martinez Announces Plans for Professional Baseball Team on Hold Pending Construction and Review Process

March 19, 2014 15:00 pm · 44 comments


The City of Martinez announced tentative plans to bring a professional baseball team to the facilities at the Martinez Waterfront Park are on hold. Initial plans to bring in a professional team, the Martinez Clippers, to play during the 2014 season were dependent on securing temporary lights, which was not a viable option due to excessive costs.

The Martinez Waterfront Park facilities are expected to undergo extensive renovations with consideration for additional seating, parking, and new lighting using existing and planned funds from Measure H. The City is considering creating a premiere field that could accommodate a professional baseball team. Once construction of the Martinez Waterfront Park is complete, the City will then begin the proposal review process for a permanent professional baseball team.

“All proposals must be reviewed by our City Council and through the normal public process. Having said that, we still believe bringing in a professional team is a remarkable opportunity for our community and sports lovers from around the East Bay,” said Anna Gwyn Simpson, Interim City Manager, City of Martinez. “The planned improvements under consideration to our waterfront baseball complex would make this an appealing and desirable location.”

Depending on the timeframe for the design and construction of the park, the Martinez Clippers baseball season could begin as early as June 2015 and run through August. If approved, the season will consist of 82 games with approximately 41 games expected to be played in Martinez.

Peanut Gallery March 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Martinez…”Where the Sewer meets the Sea”

Schmee March 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

As in MLB team? Or pretend like AA/AAA?

From Clayton March 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Somebody needs to have their Adobe Illustrator taken from them.

Old Kid March 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Um, there might be a problem with the limited road infrastructure in Martinez. When I drive down durring the early afternoon (non-peak times no less) it is fairly busy. . . .

And, of course I have to ask, will this hit us taxpayers in the wallet for something the majority will not use? Granted, the extra spending, if any, will be nice for the local businesses, but with the very limited parking within walking distance to those stores it just looks like a big tax boondoggle for us residents.

Cat Wrangler March 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Joe DiMaggio would be so proud.

How Professional Are We Talking? March 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

How professional is professional here? Like, NBA Development League?

the other jj March 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

oooo its about the money!

How Professional Are We Talking? March 19, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Derp, wrote NBA, meant MLB. Proofreading your posts: It’s not just a good idea kids, it’s the law! (OK, no it’s not, but maybe it should be.)

Ted K., SuperMax March 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Very cool. Bring it on and I’ll buy season tickets!

The ballpark should have lights for night games. It’s pretty much dead down there after all the civic uses close up. Just think of how many evening customers it can bring. It’ll put Martinez on the map!.. moreso than a place people visit for jury duty.


Bob March 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Omg!!! Awesome!!! Great location. Great idea. Can’t wait!!!

@Schmee March 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Probably an independent team; professional, but not affilliated with any MLB organization.
Solano used to have an independent league team that played on the field at the Nut Tree.

Will March 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I would love to go catch a game when I go visit my parents in downtown Martinez!

The Original Anon E. Mouse March 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

And utter silence from 1950 Parkside?
This is why Concord is sliding into the abyss.
They only see dollar signs and cater to Seeno and Garventa while the rest of us get to fend for ourselves. Though the council supposedly is to represent the citizen constituents of Concord?
The one main attraction (which I have found memories of growing up here) is The Pavilion. NOW it’s known for riots and shootings after concerts.
The CNWS redevelopment will be a complete and total failure if we continue down the path we are on.

At least Martinez has a decent, sound plan even if they are wanting for funds.
Good Job, Martinez!

BagsFlyFree March 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

MTZ needs a small bridge over the tracks if it wants to make its waterfront a destination beyond the occasional stroll or fishing trip off the dock. Something smaller than the Treat overpass would be a nice addition to the MTZ.

Atticus Thraxx March 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

That would be cool. Reasonably priced, good parking and no designated hitter would be cool too.

KAD March 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

I hope this works out. I would love to go to a local ball game.

The mosquitos are a killer March 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

down there at night. The lights will bring our every flying thing.

Michelle March 19, 2014 at 5:56 PM

The Martinez Giants, can you imagine that! Way to go!

anon March 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Well, as many of the snobs here know, only MLB players can be called “professional.” In order to enjoy professional baseball, you must spend a bundle on professional stadiums run by the MLB and buy MLB approved products.

just a concordian March 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I hope the city is also planning to build a wider road. Unless they want all stadium goers to get there by boat.

M.M. March 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

“Say it ain’t so Joe”

Reality Slap March 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM

That’s my wonderful town….always trying to cram 5 pounds of poop in a 2 pound sack. As has been stated, the infrastructure will not support all the pie-in-the-sky dreams that City Hall comes up with. There is absolutely no concern for the residents of the older downtown areas of Martinez, and how all this wonderful activity will affect the quality of life for them.

kira March 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

I’m glad to see a town that would cater to FAMILY events. I believe many towns have lost that good old. fashion character and have turned their heads to the fast lane and forgetting about family values

Pleasant Hill Resident I March 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

The Clippers, eh? Sounds like it’ll be a success – much like downtown MTZ’s prior redevelopment strategies – oh, wait! I forgot those didn’t work out so well. As a former Martinez resident and taxpayer, I would be annoyed if THIS is how my tax dollars were being elected for spending. Hopefully all of the B-league baseball enthusiasts will make it worthwhile.

schedule March 19, 2014 at 7:29 PM

they would be a charter member of the pacific association of baseball clubs. i heard there is a team in vallejo, sonoma, hawaii, san rafael and branching out to other cities in the extended bay area. i have been told they work to be a part of the community not overtake their fields for themselves. i think its a great idea if its favorable to both sides and maybe incorporate the baseball academy by the marina and maybe help with marina issues with additional exposure.

Sour Grape March 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I would be complaining, but since it’s downtown Away from ANY residential, this is the City thinking smart.
For once, Residents are not being screwed over.
As for getting to that location, Good luck. Alhambra is a joke. Too many stoplights and clutter – It’s scary at that crosswalk for the Hospital, difficult to see someone crossing the street.
Marina Vista probably the only reasonable route, but they’ll probably Lower the speed limit because one nimrod will take the S curve too quick and ruin it for everybody.

anon March 19, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I want a hat.

Gilbert March 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Professional baseball is just that people. Whether its A Ball or an Independent team. Did you really think a MLB team like the A’s would move to Martinez?

DanMtz March 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Who knows? If a couple thousand people a day can go to Superior Court every day, maybe a minor league baseball team won’t mess up the infrastructure too much. That’s what the review process will reveal.

mr_rogers March 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Who gives a turkey what level of ball it is…rookie, low A, Hi A ,Advanced A ,AA AAA? If you love the game then baseball is baseball.If the level of play or backing a winner is what is important then stay home…you don’t love the game.

Richard March 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

More room and easier access if they built it at the Naval Weapons Station. I like Claycord Clippers better anyways.

Pro Fi March 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

This is great! Will be nice to support a team in the area. I go to the Rivercat games occasionally and we always have a great time, without spending a fortune. I sure hope they can make this happen.

Connie Dobbs March 19, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I think it sounds nice, and I live downtown.

Amy March 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

It would be terrific to have a pro baseball team here. I hope it actually can happen. I’ll be a fan! (unless they stink)

joshen March 19, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Martinez Meth’s sound better!! haha just joking i would go to 5-10 games a year if they brought a team here great idea!!!’

Ted K., SuperMax March 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

In addition to the ballfield, how about putting in some money to fix the roads? The Glacier Drive approaches over Hwy 4, Morello btwn Arnold and Muir, and Pine Street/Center Av over Hwy 4 are in HORRID condition. Throw us a bone Martinez Public Works !!!!!!! My street has been resurfaced twice yet these streets neber seem to rise to the top of the list! What gives???????

well... March 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I’m sure the residents along Marina Vista will have something to say about this. I would not like the bright lights shining into my house and all that traffic on a very narrow road.

How big of a stadium could they build? I doubt it could hold more than a few hundred seats.

Russ March 20, 2014 at 6:36 AM

Say, I heard there’s a team in Oakland looking for a new stadium. Weeknight crowds would probably be about equal in number. Plus, as an added bonus, it would be walking distance from Creek Monkey.

Don P - N. Concord March 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

You do not have to be MLB ball to “professional”. If you are getting paid you are a pro. That being said, this sounds awesome, hope it happens asap!

Idiocracy March 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Sounds cool but could turn out to be a waste of time and money if Fans do not attend. How about rounding up all the bums in Martinez? I think a bowling ally / family fun center would be better.

Mark March 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Yeah, this would be awesome. I would definitely go to a few games. For those of you talking about traffic and congestion, you are confused. This is like sub A-league. The players barely make any money and the draw would be a few thousand folks on a good night. They’d probably play in the league with the Humboldt Crabs and San Jose Fontanetti’s (if they still play). When I lived in Humboldt I went to Crabs games all the time, and it was super fun, just a small town family atmosphere. You felt like you were stepping back in time. Field of Dreams sort of thing. I hope this comes to fruition, and I don’t even live in Martinez.

Chris March 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Obviously, it would be independent baseball- not affiliated with MLB at all. No stadium needs to b built, just bleachers for like 1,000 people at the most and some lights. Sounds like people r thinking this is going to b much bigger than it will actually b. Still pretty cool

jparker March 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Great idea, not a great location.

Stephanie Gray March 21, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Everyone’s talking about wanting to watch games… there are Men’s softball leagues that play during the summer. They just don’t have lights at the marina. I heard from a reliable source that all they are thinking of doing is throwing in some lights… aucks that the community will no longer be able to use the fields though. .. No more kids games either if this goes through. And there isn’t much parking down there, unless of course they expect people to walk from the parking lots downtown. Since us residents of Martinez will have no say in the matter, well then it is what it is… and to the person who wrote thousands of people at the courts everyday for jury duty… yeah more like 150 on the busiest of days… I’m guessing 100 max a day for jurors and that’s still a high number.Now add in the cases lawyers judges bailiffs etc. Maybe 600 people max… and that’s a high number too! I ♥ My town MARTINEZ!!! I live downtown btw… it only gets busy at lunch and when the courts shut down for the day!

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