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Terre Haute REX Baseball Team Faces Uncertain Future

Lower than expected attendance has put a question mark on whether the REX will play next summer.

A catcher for the Terre Haute Rex waits for a pitch.

Photo: Arianna Prothero/WFIU

A catcher for the Terre Haute Rex.

Players and fans of the Terre Haute REX baseball team hung up their caps Monday night after what may be the team’s last-ever game.

Unless the Indiana State University Foundation can find a buyer for the club, the REX won’t take the field next summer.

The ISU Foundation decided to start the collegiate summer league baseball team in 2010, hoping it could sell the team for a profit after four years.

Attendance this year was better than usual, but still only half of what ISU Foundation president Ron Carpenter had hoped for. He says the REX aren’t breaking even, and the Foundation may have struck out when it comes to finding an interested buyer.

“If we cannot find a buyer then basically we won’t continue operating it come next summer” he says.

Carpenter says the foundation hopes to find a new local owner, but is now open to finding an owner from outside the Wabash Valley.

Terre Haute Mayor and baseball aficionado Duke Bennett says the team is good for local businesses and its value to the community can’t be understated.

“We are hopeful that some local people will step up and step in that role and take over the team” he says.

Carpenter says the ISU Foundation will make a decision about the team’s future this fall.

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