Dave Dombrowski joins group looking to bring MLB team to Nashville

Baseball executive Dave Dombrowski. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Former Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski has joined Music City Baseball LLC, a group that is looking to bring a major league team to Nashville.

Dombrowski is joining a group that also includes three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart and the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick.

“It’s clear to me that Nashville is ready for Major League Baseball, and Music City Baseball is making smart and exciting decisions as it works to bringing a team here,” Dombrowski said in a statement provided to the Nashville Tennessean. “From its relationship with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to its community support, Music City Baseball has built a strong foundation.

“Nashville is a city with deep baseball roots, and as we emerge from the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, I believe baseball, and more specifically Music City Baseball, can play an important role in bringing the city back together. My wife Karie and I are looking forward to becoming part of the Nashville community.”

Music City Baseball LLC says on its website that if MLB does award a franchise to the group — whether through expansion or relocation — the team will be called the Nashville Stars to honour the Negro League team of the same name that played in the 1940s.

Nashville is currently the home of the Sounds, who are a triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

According to MLB Network’s John Heyman, the league has no immediate plans to expand to Nashville or any other city.

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