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Timberjacks to stay put through 1998

Southern Oregon Timberjacks President Fred Herrmann confirmed on Tuesdaythat the short-season Class A minor league club will remain in Medford throughthe 1998 Northwest League season.

Herrmann issued a press release on Tuesday to deny rumors that the Timberjacksare moving to Vancouver, Wash., in 1998.

That's totally false, said Herrmann. Apparently, ithad been on television again (Monday) night that we are going to Vancouverthis year.

I want to let people know we are going to be here next season.

Prior to the 1997 Northwest League season, Herrmann met with public officialsin the Clark County area about moving the franchise to southern Washingtonif a new ballpark was built. He later held a press conference to respondto media reports of his negotiations.

I just want to say we are undecided about Vancouver, saidHerrmann. I don't want to say anything else. We will definitely behere in Medford next season.

One troubling financial issues Herrmann said he deals with is propertytaxes.

Our property taxes went up $10,000 to $25,000, said Herrmann.We are improving the property with help from Gary Miller's project(Miles Field Renovation Project) and then they raise taxes $10,000. Thatjust about did me in.

We are having serious discussions with the county about gettinghelp with this, said Herrmann. I'm hopeful they can do somethingto help.

With the Timberjacks committed to playing at least one more season inMedford, Herrmann said the Miles Field Renovation Project should completeanother phase by 1998.

We hope to have the parking lot and visiting clubhouse completedby next year, said Herrmann. Hopefully, fans won't have to wreckany more shoes, or suffer from flat tires to their cars.

Elsewhere, Herrmann said he has promoted two members of the club's front-officepersonnel. Suzanne Daniel, general manager of the club for two years, stepsup to vice president of operations. And Dan Kilgras, assistant general managerthe last two years, moves up to general manager.

Both of these people deserved promotions, said Herrmann.Suzanne will have a better chance to get involved in league business,and and this should move her along in her career.

And Dan will get a chance to spread his wings, which will be goodfor him, said Herrmann.

Herrmann added that former Timberjacks groundskeeper Grant Trenbeathhas been named head of grounds maintenance for the expansion Arizona Diamondbacksmajor league team.

Grant started here, and now he's head groundskeeper for a majorleague team, said Herrmann. That's what it's all about as faras I'm concerned.

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