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Farmington Frackers take the baseball field this summer

Devin Neeley
March 20, 2017 07:02 PM

FARMINGTON -- Right now, Ricketts Park in Farmington is a field of dreams for high school players. Local high schools use the field. The Connie Mack World Series use it each August, too. But this summer, there will be even more action.

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It's in the form of a new baseball team in Farmington made up of college baseball players looking for something to do this summer.

“Farmington, for many years, was known as the amateur baseball capitol of the world, we are trying to bring that back,” said American Amateur Baseball Congress President Richard Neely.

The collegiate league team will call Ricketts home starting June 1. The schedule includes 35 home games against 6 other teams from the region.

“The Frackers are an extension of Connie Mack, just a higher level up, between Connie Mack and minor league,” added Neely.

You read right; the team is called the Farmington Frackers.

“The name Frackers is not unlike a lot of names that we have had throughout the years. Gassers, Oilers, Drillers, Roughnecks, there have been a lot of those names in baseball and Frackers seemed appropriate in today's market,” said Neely, “Hopefully we will sell a lot of hats, a lot of T-shirts going to help the Farmington economy.”

City leaders hope that in addition to providing some entertainment and re-igniting the baseball scene.

“I hope we have people from outside this area coming to Farmington and bring their money to spend,” said Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts.

Frackers paraphernalia aside, the city hopes that bringing in more baseball will score a home run for the local community.

“The economic bump is one that we hope will see, people coming to Farmington, some heads in beds in local hotels and motels,” Roberts said.

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