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Thursday, October 06, 2011

ChicoER: Uncertainty prompts Chico Outlaws to remove Mike Marshall from GM spot

Which Mike Marshall did the Outlaws eject? The sane one.

Mike Marshall, hired on as the team’s vice president of baseball operations and general manager in March of 2010, is out of the front office for the Outlaws per the league’s request, a statement Marshall made Thursday morning and that was confirmed Thursday afternoon by [North American League] commissioner Kevin Outcalt.

The league removed Marshall and his wife Mary, who served as the assistant general manager, from the front office because of the uncertain status of the Outlaws’ plans going forward, Outcalt said. ...

Marshall also was the team’s field manager in 2011, so Chico will be on the hunt to fill that position as well — assuming the Outlaws return. Several scenarios could play out, potentially, as far as the Outlaws’ future, with the possibility Marshall could return if Diamond Sports doesn’t find an ownership group, with its own management plans, to run the Chico franchise.

“We really like Chico, we like the people, we’d definitely be open to it,” Marshall said. “You could see that as a franchise, we were starting to turn things around a little bit. We’d definitely be open to coming back.”

Greg Franklin Posted: October 06, 2011 at 11:34 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 07, 2011 at 04:03 AM (#3954750)
Weird story. The league stepped in to fire a team's GM/manager? And this has to do with a stadium lease agreement? Huh?

Aside from that, Mike Marshall was my first-ever favorite player*, so I hope he lands on his feet.

* - Yeah, I can pick 'em.
   2. Rafael Bellylard hoists a dry martini. Posted: October 07, 2011 at 04:13 AM (#3954776)
I hope they manage to keep baseball in Chico, they have a nice park and have had good fan support in the past (at least when they were the Chico Heat.)
   3. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: October 07, 2011 at 04:40 AM (#3954812)
We really like Chico

Who didn't?
   4. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: October 07, 2011 at 05:06 AM (#3954833)
My first thought was that the uncertainty was about which Mike Marshall he is too.
   5. Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: October 07, 2011 at 08:17 AM (#3954867)
I'm surprised things aren't going well for the Outlaws. Chico has a long history of supporting baseball.
   6. Charlie O Posted: October 07, 2011 at 04:58 PM (#3955168)
I think the Chico Heat led the league in attendance every year they were in the Western League. I went up to see a few of their games and I found the locals were really supportive of the team.
   7. Der-K is at half whelm. Posted: October 07, 2011 at 05:22 PM (#3955205)
I haven't paid attention to indy ball this year, but this is a pretty bad sign for the Golden League - Chico is, imo, the easiest market in California for their brand to succeed. Is the stadium (which CS-Chico lets them use) part of the issue?
(reads article)
It is.
   8. los athleticos Posted: October 07, 2011 at 06:13 PM (#3955265)
Doesn't the Golden League have one of those setups where the league owns all the franchises? Like the MLS?

Chico really ought to have a California League team. I thought they might get one of the franchises that were struggling a few years ago (Bakersfield or Visalia), but it didn't happen. They might still get the San Jose Giants if the A's move down there.

(The biggest downside is that Chico isn't all that close to any of the other Northern Division teams. But that's a problem if you put Chico in any league.)
   9. Der-K is at half whelm. Posted: October 07, 2011 at 06:28 PM (#3955292)
Chico would be in the Cal if it wasn't for their park being owned by the school.

Doesn't the Golden League have one of those setups where the league owns all the franchises?
They were - the league wants to sell this franchise, apparently. Of course, it's the NAL now, but that's short term - I think.

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