Minor league baseball may come to Malden

MALDEN – A baseball stadium developer will present plans to the public next week that would convert a nearly 7-acre National Grid-owned site at 100 Commercial Street into a professional minor league baseball stadium, creating more than 100 jobs during the season.

The proposed ballpark has been modeled after Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. Home to the AA Springfield Cardinals and the Missouri State Bearcats, Hammons was voted the Best Minor League Baseball Park in America in 2006.

According to the developer, the Malden facility would employ 20-25 year round workers and another 100-150 part-time employees during the baseball season.

Depending on how smooth the proposal is accepted by city officials, residents, and other involved parties, the developer estimates that the stadium could open by spring 2014.

The park would seat approximately 6,000-plus seat professional minor league ballpark on this downtown parcel that is close to public transportation and publicly owned parking facilities.

The developers hosted a public meeting,in January that included a multimedia presentation will be presented by the proposed developer, Boston Baseball Field of Dreams, as well as a Q&A session between the developer and members of an internal committee that has met several times since early December to review the initial proposal.

According to information released about the plan, the current industrial site would be converted into “a vibrant, year-round entertainment and recreational center” that vastly improve the area of the city.

The City of Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and National Grid have been working cooperatively on the redevelopment of this downtown parcel for some time, however, the ballpark proposal was the only submitted despite interest by other developers, according to officials.

For more information on the proposal, visit the website created by the developer to begin promoting the project.


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