Bowman Field Commission: Another MLB Little League Classic welcome

The Bowman Field Commission Tuesday expressed appreciation for the Major League Baseball Little League Classic on Aug. 20, what it did for the players and fans of baseball and for the city as a tourist attraction and wondered if the league will hold another special game during the 2018 Little League World Series.

The National League schedule indicates that the Philadelphia Phillies have a home game against the New York Mets on Aug. 19, which would be the Sunday mirroring the first classic game between the Pittsburgh Pirates, the home team, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

“It would be nice,” said committee Chairman Lou Hunsinger Jr.

“It’s not carved in stone, but the Phillies want to be here,” said Doug Estes, general manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters, the single A affiliate of the Phillies.

“Will Major League Baseball maintain the field in the event they have another game?” asked Frank Lupacchino, a commission member.

The commission voted in favor of recommending games scheduled for Pennsylvania College of Technology in the spring. That would have to be approved by City Council.

Adam Winder, assistant general manager of the city Streets and Parks Department, said the city could never afford to maintain the field to the league’s specifications.

The league contract indicates it is to reimburse the city, which owns the stadium, for costs expended to put on the classic game, which was meant to revive the spirit of youth baseball.

Wayne Fausnaught, commission member, said it appears the city and commission need to come up with a plan of creative finances in preparation of the league’s decision.