Minneapolis, MN – It’s official. The Frisco RoughRiders announced late this evening that they have received league approval to move the team out of Texas. Sources close to the situation said the league felt it was best for geographical balance.
The Frisco RoughRiders will become the Minneapolis Millers.
The RoughRiders reportedly were courted by several Midwestern cities, but the team ultimately chose to move to Minneapolis, citing their “healthy lifestyles” and “fierce loyalty” to even bad local sports teams in years past. The team will be playing in the recently renovated Target Field, but have renamed it Nicollet Park, just as the stadium was called when the Millers first played in Minneapolis.
“We are thrilled to have a professional baseball team back in this great state, and even prouder that it will bear our cities name,” Minneapolis Mayor Kent Hrbek told reporters.
Minneapolis began renovating Target Field in 2015, hoping to one day bring a team back to Minnesota. Today, that decision finally paid off.
The team is expected to change leagues as well, from the Heartland League West to the Frontier League West. Sources close to the team insist that’s the case, but we are still awaiting word from the league. It likely means one of the teams in the FL is also moving.
The teams uniform is expected to look very close to this:
With several veteran players already traded, the team already had looked quite a bit different from last season. With a new city, new nickname, new stadium, new uniforms and now even a new league, this team now literally looks nothing like it did last season.
A few players were on hand to model the uniform combinations, as seen below. Season Tickets will go on sale immediately, although sales numbers won’t be released until prior to Spring Training.