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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A pitch hasn't been thrown from the mound at Joe Davis Stadium in more than two years, and it doesn't look like that is going to change any time soon. A spokesman for Mayor Battle's office says there are no current or active plans to attract minor league baseball back to the Rocket City, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't like to see that happen.

As for Joe Davis Stadium, weeds as high as little leaguers can be found in the outfield and the concession stands are locked up tight.  “We certainly do hope it does redevelop, we do have a private developer that’s approached us about a partnership of developing an athletic complex there, so that’s a possibility," says John Hamilton, the City Administrator for Huntsville.

Until that possibility turns into reality, the city plans to hold off on demolition.  “We wouldn’t want to demo anything like that until we really know what the next step is so it’s better to kinda let it sit there, and we’ll redevelop it when it’s time," says Hamilton.

The stadium is a burned out star in an otherwise changing John Hunt Park. The city is moving forward with plans to develop old portions of the airport into usable green spaces.  “We’ve finally really getting after some of the work that it takes to convert an old airport into a park so the old runways and taxiways have got to come up, we need to turn that into dirt and then grass,' says Hamilton.

There isn't an official plan for what those green areas may be used for, but this is the first step in that direction.

As for a new team coming to Huntsville, WHNT News 19 Sports Contributor Mark McCarter brings up a good point. A new team is not going to come without a new stadium, but the city isn't likely to build a new stadium without the promises of a new baseball team.

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