Joplin professional baseball doomed after company fails to make lease payment

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Professional baseball in Joplin is looking less likely after the company fails to make its lease payment.

Nearly a year after getting council’s approval, officials with Ventura Sports Group told the city they would not be making the payment of $35,000. The company’s CEO, Mark Schuster told the Joplin city manager, Sam Anselm Friday.

Anselm says “Mark Schuster has confirmed that they won’t be making payment on the lease for Joe Becker today. At this point, it’s highly unlikely that there will be professional baseball at Becker this summer. We are disappointed to learn this after working hard to put our best foot forward.”

The team name would have been the Joplin Miners.

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