Columbus set to get new baseball team

A press conference set for Wednesday morning at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce is expected to announce a new college baseball league is coming to Columbus.

According to the Great South League's Web site the league will be expanding to 20 teams this summer including a team in Columbus.

Bill Park, president of the GSL, said he is very excited about the plans for Columbus but wouldn't comment further until after the press conference.

The city council's agenda that was released Friday stated Howard H. Callaway as the chariman of the Columbus Baseball Foundation, Inc. Jim White is listed as the general manager. The team is expected to sign a lease with the city pending the city council's agreement during Tuesday's meeting for the use of Golden Park in South Commons. The lease is from Wednesday through Aug. 31, 2010, with an option to renew for an additional term.

Callaway is the son of Cason J. Callaway, the founder of Callaway Gardens.

The financial agreement states "Columbus Baseball Foundation, Inc., will now pay the sum of $0.00 per month for rent to the City of Columbus and other financial considerations as specified in the current contract."

On the GSL Web site, White is listed as general manager of the Columbus team. Repeated phone calls to White were not returned to the Ledger-Enquirer.

The GSL put out a press release on Dec. 3, 2008, saying "Final arrangements are being negotiated for the GSL to expand into Cobb County, Georgia and Columbus, Georgia. Details to be announced soon."

According to their Web site, the GSL has teams in Nicholson, Ga., Augusta, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., Hickory, N.C., Lynchburg, Va., Marietta, Ga., Oxford, Ala., Tallahassee, Fla., Fuqua-Varina, N.C., LaGrange, Ga., Macon, Ga., Newnan, Ga., Kernesville, N.C., Gainesville, Fla., Dublin, Va., Thomasville, Ga., and Alpharetta, Ga.