By Lauren Ebrahim / Tucson News Now Intern
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Nogales will be apart of a new professional baseball league in June.
The Southern California-based American West Baseball League signed an agreement Monday with the city and an ownership group to operate an independent minor league team at War Memorial Stadium.
The ownership group includes professional baseball players and business professionals.
"The partnership with the new ownership group shows the strength and stability of AWBL and gives players from the United States and South America an opportunity that they may not otherwise have," league executive Michael Cummings said.
The new league has three teams, in Nogales, Las Cruces, N.M. and Fullerton, Calif., with a fourth to be announced next week.
Cummings said he expects to start the season with four teams, hoping for 10-12 in the future.
Marcel Bachelier, parks and recreation director for the City of Nogales, said that baseball is loved on both sides of the borders.
"We hope that it will generate and economic jump start for our community," he said.
Jay Zucker, former owner of the Tucson Toros and Tucson Sidewinders baseball teams, said he thinks this move is great for communities, and that it "instills pride on the border."
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