The Pittsburg Diamonds have informed the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs their intention of going on hiatus for 2019. The team plans to return to the league after some reorganization in 2020.
Team owners Khurram Shah and Wolfgang Croskey have been working hard to find investors and sponsorship for the upcoming season which begins June 1. Five teams will compete this season including a travel team – the Salina Stockade.
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“Our hope is to build on what we’ve started here in Pittsburg,” said Shah. “We’ve be extremely happy to work with the city of Pittsburg and hope to continue this relationship in 2020.”
The Diamonds, who played as the Pittsburg Mettle in their inaugural season of 2014, have compiled a record of 168-223. They finished fourth in the final 2018 league standings. Former MLB player Aaron Miles has managed the club from Day 1.
Shah cited the financial constraints of operating the independent team which had the lowest average attendance in the league.
“We want to thank all the fans, host families and volunteers for the past four years,” added Shah. “Without the support of everyone the Diamonds could not exist.”