Phillies' minor league will remain in Reading after getting necessary funding

The Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, the Reading Fightin’ Phils, “will remain" in Reading, Pa., after funding was secured Friday in response to a threat earlier this year from MLB that the team "could be pulled from Berks County if the 70-year-old ballpark was not upgraded," according to Matt Breen of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. The team said that they “received $7.5 million from the state and $3 million each” from the City of Reading and Berks County, while the Phillies are “contributing $3 million to the planned $16.5 million renovation project” of FirstEnergy Stadium. The Fightin’ Phils were told that the ballpark "fell short of ‘health and wellness requirements’ because the locker rooms, weight rooms, and eating spaces needed to be improved." The team said that the renovation project “will include a building behind the right-center field wall that will house player clubhouses, manager’s offices, coaches’ offices, a locker room for women, training rooms, player dining areas with a kitchen, batting tunnels, bullpens, a weight room, and supporting areas” for both teams. The club added that these areas “will meet the requirements” of MLB (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/4).

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