Bringing Pro Baseball to Napa


Talks under way to have a minor league pro baseball team in Napa

Bruce Johnston would like to bring independent professional minor league baseball to town and is in negotiations with Napa Valley College to try and secure Storm Field for the Napa Silverados to use starting in June of 2018.

Johnston, a Napa resident for the last 10 years, spoke before the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees at their meeting Thursday, but the board did not take a vote.

“The board was generally supportive,” said Doug Ernst, NVC’s public information officer who is with the Office of Institutional Advancement. “They all agreed to allow the continuation of talks. There are certain negotiations that have to continue. It’s not something you can vote on today, because all those negotiations haven’t taken place.

“We have to figure out how Bruce is going to work with the college and the college has to decide if the improvements are enough to do this. It really involves improvements to the field.”

Johnston has a contract with the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, which the Silverados would play in pending approvals. It’s an independent league based in Northern California and consists of the Sonoma Stompers, Vallejo Admirals, San Rafael Pacifics and Pittsburg Diamonds. Each of the teams plays an 80-game schedule, with the season running from June through August. Forty of those games are home games.