Professional baseball team the New Jersey Jackals revealed this week that it will leave its home at the Yogi Berra Stadium on the Montclair State University campus in Little Falls.
“The Jackals are announcing after 25 years, we will no longer call Yogi Berra Stadium our home,” the team wrote on social media. “The team will continue the 2022 season, with our last game at Yogi Berra Stadium on Thursday, August 25. The Jackals will remain under current ownership, and continue to be part of the Frontier League, as well as our partnership with Major League Baseball. Plans for our move will be announced in September.”
The announcement immediately ramped up the rumor mill about where the team would relocate to, with Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium at the top of the speculation.
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— New Jersey Jackals (@JackalsBaseball) August 17, 2022
The former Negro League field is undergoing a massive reconstruction as part of a $94 million development project that is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh did nothing to tamp down the rumors and, in fact, ramped up the speculation even further. He wrote on Instagram that he knows the perfect place for the Jackals to call their new home.
“Paterson is stepping up to the plate with hopes of hitting a home run for Hinchliffe,” Sayegh told NJBIZ.
Reed Keller, the Jackals director of media relations, did not address the Paterson rumors.
“The Jackals would like to emphasize that this is a unique opportunity to write a fresh, new chapter in our long history,” Keller told NJBIZ. “We’re excited to bring baseball to a new market and anticipate it being a busy winter. Our announcement in September will generate a lot of renewed interest in the team and we can’t wait to share it with Jackals fans old and new.”
In the social media post announcing the departure, the Jackals shouted out their fans.
“We thank our fans for your support over the last 25 seasons and look forward to the next chapter of Jackals baseball.”