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High Desert Mavericks speak on stadium dispute

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The High Desert Mavericks, high-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have penned an open letter about the dispute

The only photos in the Getty Database for Adelanto, California, involve this jail
The only photos in the Getty Database for Adelanto, California, involve this jail
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The High Desert Mavericks, high-A affiliate for the Texas Rangers, have penned an open letter addressing their dispute with the City of Adelanto.  Basically, it says that the team believes the actions by the City Council of Adelanto to try to "void" the Mavericks' lease of Heritage Field, the Mavericks' home stadium, are invalid, and that the Mavericks will be playing at Heritage Field for the 2016 season.

For more background and analysis on the dispute, you can check out this Storify series of tweets by Scott Lucas.

This is just the latest in the drama involving the Rangers' high-A affiliate.  Texas was affiliated with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, owned by Chuck Greenberg, after Greenberg's group bought the Rangers, but after Greenberg was forced out of ownership, the Pelicans ended up becoming the affiliate for the Chicago Cubs.  Texas pursued other options before basically being stuck with High Desert, arguably the least-attractive affiliate in the California League, which is viewed as a generally unattractive league anyway because of how hitter-friendly the league plays.

The Rangers were looking to move back to the Carolina League in 2017 with an affiliation with a new team in Kinston, North Carolina, which was going to be relocating from Wilmington, Delaware.  The Wilmington team is staying put now, though, so the Rangers are having to try to find other options.