Josh Hicks was announced as the new GM of the Battle Creek Attack today, and in a not-too-surprising announcement, revealed that he plans to convince ownership to relocate the franchise.
What is surprising, however, is that the owner, Marcus Whitsell, appears to be swayed and a rumored destination will be Louisville, Kentucky.
The new club will become the Louisville Sluggers, taking the iconic name of the prolific bat maker that has supplied baseball for decades.
While some dedicated Battle Creek fans will surely be disappointed, the larger sports community saw the move coming. Despite a team-best .450 win percentage last season, the club has suffered from playing in the small market of Western Michigan, on the doorstep of the Chicago Pit Bulls.
Last year, the Detroit Motorheads formed in the ashed of the former Chicoutimi Cinquantes, and that put more pressure on the Battle Creek market.
Seasons ticket sales were up from last year on the improvements the team has made, which resulted in their 3rd place finish after they had an incredible late season rally, going 19-15 from August to September.
But pundits agree that the Attack had a limited time left in Battle Creek, even if they manage to find themselves in the playoffs.
Stay tuned for more news as the team releases a logo, uniforms and more.