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Batter up: New Britain to get new baseball team

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New Britain may be losing one baseball franchise, but it appears to be gaining another.

The city’s common council voted Wednesday night to bring a new team to the old Rock Cats stadium.

The team will be a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, the same league as the Bridgeport Bluefish. What franchise it will be, however, remains to be seen.

Fans said they’re just happy to see baseball continue.

“It was family-oriented and that's what people liked,” said Phil Pepin, a former Rock Cats fan.

Fans continue to reminisce about years spent watching Rock Cats baseball inside New Britain Stadium.

While the city will be getting a replacement team, officials said it will not be affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Atlantic League is independent.

“I think the people should decide,” said Joe Klein of the Atlantic League. “I think they're should be a contest.”

Organizers will have to make a decision over the next few months since first pitch is slated for the third week of April.

“We feel very fortunate and we feel we have a lot to offer,” Klein said.

“It's local,” Pepin said. “It's even more reason to go.”

The city will have to spend some money to welcome the new team. Nearly $500,000 will go toward painting, installing carpet, fixing some broken seats and changing the team signs and colors.

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