ORLANDO, Fla. – The man credited with bringing an NBA franchise to Orlando is now hoping to do the same with a Major League Baseball team.
Donning a red baseball hat with the letter “O” between a star on either side, Pat Williams, co-founder of the Orlando Magic, on Tuesday introduced the concept of the Orlando Dreamers, a team he hopes the Central Florida community will rally around to convince MLB to place a team in The City Beautiful.
“Why are we here?” Williams asked at the start of a news conference. “Orlando keeps growing and sports needs to be part of that. Our next step is to try to become an MLB city.”
Williams said the first and most important step is to discover how badly the Central Florida community desires an MLB franchise.
“Questions will come up about a stadium, location, ownership and mascot,” Williams said. “That’s not pertinent right now.”