PawSox staying put — for now

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Plans to move the PawSox out of Pawtucket have been put on hold.

In a joint-letter to fans, PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien say the club has repaired relations with city officials.

…the club has heard the people of Rhode Island loud and clear and has refocused itself. New Ballpark planning has been put on the back burner, and our primary focus this year is on our fans and the McCoy Stadium experience. We are actively collaborating — the public and private sectors — with the shared goal of making the Pawtucket Red Sox a baseball, charitable, civic, and entertainment success, and we need your help as we move forward.”

While the letter does not expressly rule out a move in the future, Organizing for Pawtucket founder David Norton believes the team will stay put.

“I think this statement really anchors them and recommits them to staying in Pawtucket, so I thought it was fantastic,” Norton said.

The 2016 home opener at McCoy Stadium is slated for April 7.

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