The Marlins have another possible suitor in the relocation dance and Norfolk wants a spot on the dance card.
William Somerindyke Jr., whose effort to lure the Montreal Expos to Norfolk failed, said he has been in contact with the Florida Marlins.
The good people of Norfolk think they have a shot, seeing as there aren't a large number of season ticket holders to the Nationals in the city, MLB would be less likely to block their bid.
Since it all gets down to the stadium deal, what do they have to offer?
Mayor Paul Fraim reacted cautiously after speaking with Somerindyke.
"If Major League Baseball wants to come to Norfolk, the welcome mat is out," Fraim said. "But we are not going to get in a position where we are bidding against other communities for this team."
A handshake deal?!? Isn't that sweet. Politicians never go back on those. According to Baseball Prospectus that deal has evaporated.
Honestly, I'm not sure that Baseball Prospectus is referring to Norfolk - who I wouldn't characterize as being in Northern Virginia but it's the only city in the state I can remember that was actively seeking the Expos.
Norfolk already has a leg up on its potential competition, in that, it has a Mermaid Store.
Speaking of Virginia and if you happen to be in Danville this coming Saturday there is an event you might want to catch.
Jack McKeon, an Elon alumnus who managed the Florida Marlins to a World Series title, and Jim Coates, a nine-year major league veteran who pitched in three World Series for the New York Yankees in the 1960-'62 seasons will be on hand.
Proceeds benefit the school's boys varsity and junior varsity baseball programs. Information: Bill Setliff, 434-793-5879, or Jennifer Whitey, 434-799-3973.
If you are in town, go say hi to Jack. No doubt, he will be happy to see you.