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Yakima County interested in talking with Bears

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Three months after a proposed move fell apart in Clark County, Yakima County commissioners say they're willing to start talks with the Yakima Bears Baseball Club.

Commissioner Mike Leita says people should not jump to any conclusions about the future of the team though, but the county does want to sit down with them and figure out what needs to be done to keep them in Yakima.
Leita says no specifics have been covered yet, however the team does plan on doing $20,000 worth of work on the infield for the coming season and Yakima County has agreed to pay half that, taking money from a residual fund in their parks budget.

Leita says the commitment is a measure of good faith. In part, to show they're serious about figuring things out.

"We would be remise if we didn't go through some process but I want to stress that people should not jump to conclusions," said the commissioner.

Leita says he also plans on looking at other ways for Yakima County to use an improved stadium. Including for high school games, and other leagues from around the area.

The Bears general manager says the team is happy to continue talks and have never ruled Yakima out as a place the team would end up.