Man behind proposal blames Giants for his dropping stadium plans

The man who wants to build a minor league baseball stadium in Windsor, and got town officials excited about the prospect, isn't optimistic now that it will happen.

Entrepreneur Chris Lee, who last summer convinced the Windsor Town Council to let him proceed with a study to determine the feasibility of a stadium, said recently "it doesn't make sense to pursue."

Lee blamed the San Francisco Giants for benching his plans to bring minor league baseball to Wine Country.

"The Giants hold all the cards, and the Giants have declined to play," he said Monday. Lee explained that the organization has territorial rights over which team affiliated with Major League Baseball can come to Sonoma County.

"If you want to add an affiliated team, you can't do it without the permission of the Giants," he said. "The Giants have declined to participate in that conversation."

But on Tuesday, a Giants executive said the organization had not yet formally replied to the letter Lee sent after the World Series.

"I'm not aware of any formal rejection from the Giants," Bobby Evans, vice-president of baseball operations said.

Evans said he didn't want to give the impression the Giants were "leaning one way or another" on the issue of minor league baseball in Sonoma County, but he promised Lee there will be a written reply to his letter.

Based on what he heard "from people on the inside," Lee had recently informed Windsor officials that he essentially was dropping his proposal to bring a major league farm team to Windsor.

"We would have loved to have seen that come to town," Mayor Steve Allen said Tuesday. "But I don't think anybody was banking on it. It was fairly sketchy."

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