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Fulton chairman: Keep the Braves in Fulton County

8:05 AM, Nov 12, 2013   |    comments
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Braves officials announce the construction of a new stadium on Monday< Nov. 11, 2013.

ATLANTA -- Fulton County chairman John Eaves has issued a statement urging his county and the city of Atlanta to "do everything fiscally possible to keep the Braves in Fulton County."

The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the team will leave Turner Field when its contract expires in 2016 and move to a brand new stadium in Cobb County at the beginning of the 2017 MLB season.

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In the statement released Tuesday, Eaves said he was "deeply disappointed to hear John Schuerholz, President of the Atlanta Braves announce that 'America's Team' was leaving the City of Atlanta and Fulton County, which has been their home since 1966."

Eaves said the "Braves' contribution to the City and the County deserves a second look by both the public and the private sectors here. It certainly deserves the same level of energy and support that the Atlanta Falcons received when they indicated that they might leave as well."

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"We must work together to do everything fiscally possible to keep the Braves in Fulton County and the City of Atlanta," Eaves added.

He pointed out that the team created an "unprecedented" legacy in Fulton County, "including from 1991 to 2005 being one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles 14 consecutive times, the World Series and most notable to the history books, Hank Aaron's breaking of Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974."

Monday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed voiced his disappointment at the Braves' decision, but said the city could not match Cobb County's $450 million offer for the team to move.

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