Pawtucket Red Sox Sold: Minor League Team May Move to Providence

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The historic Pawtucket Red Sox have been sold and may most likely be relocating to Providence, Rhode Island.

Although Pawtucket is only about 5 miles away from Providence, the team is leaving more than just a stadium– they’re leaving a community.

The PawSox, Triple-A affiliate for the Boston Red Sox, have been breeding Major League Baseball players since 1970. McCoy Stadium, which was built in 1942, is as iconic of a minor league stadium as the Green Monster is to Fenway Park. The ball park is also only 45 miles away from Boston, making it an easy commute for players.

Madeleine Mondor, widow of PawSox owner Ben Mondor, sold the team to a new ownership group that includes Red Sox president Larry Lucchino. The group is also a Boston Red Sox minority stakeholder.

But not eveyone is glad to see the team go. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien called the news “devastating.”

The PawSox have a lease in place until 2021, but the new ball park in Providence is scheduled to be ready for Opening Day in 2017.