The City of Binghamton is moving forward with plans to invest $2.75 million in improvements to the professional baseball stadium.

City Council held a public hearing on the upgrades to Mirabito Stadium which are tied to Major League Baseball’s demands for keeping a minor league team in Binghamton.

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The Rumble Ponies seemed on the verge of saying goodbye to Binghamton as MLB had plans to cut at least 40 minor leagues from affiliation with the big leagues, sparking a scramble by public officials from local communities up to the halls of Congress to try to save professional baseball in small-town America.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was among the politicians at bat for keeping Double-A baseball in Binghamton.

The City had already invested millions of dollars in the stadium under earlier MLB requirements but last year part of the deal to preserve the over 100-year history of professional baseball in Broome County included another promise of public investment in facilities.

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In addition to the earlier upgrades that may have played a part in convincing Major League Baseball to keep the New York Mets affiliate in the Southern Tier, the new, $2.75-million investment will pay for a new speaker system and scoreboard and other improvements.  The money is already contained in the 2022 Binghamton City budget.

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