USPBL plans second stadium, maybe in West Michigan, by Opening Day 2020

(via Detroit News) -- The United Shore Professional Baseball League, the four-team independent circuit that just completed its third season, is eyeing significant expansion — not at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, but with a second stadium, to be built somewhere in the Midwest.

Andy Appleby, owner of the USPBL, told The Detroit News this week that he is in "earnest" talks with about 20 cities, including spots in West Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Colorado.

Appleby said he will own the second stadium, and plans to "have a shovel in the ground on June 1," with teams playing there Opening Day 2020. The plan, Appleby said, is to add one team to the league when the new stadium opens, with two calling one of the stadiums home, and three for the other.

The ambitious expansion plans come on the heels of the USPBL's most-successful season yet at the box office.

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