Lookouts changes: From stadium to roster
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Lookouts finally have a plan for their new home. The team announced the new South Broad project Thursday morning, which is all centered around the stadium.
The new facility comes in the wake of Major League Baseball’s threat to strip the Lookouts of their minor league affiliation.
Lookouts owner Jason Freier says the club has continued to update the MLB on the stadium plans. He says Major League Baseball is happy with the progress and comfortable with keeping Chattanooga affiliated as long as there is a new ballpark by April 2025. That new ballpark is expected to be one of the best in the country.
“There’s still a long way to go until there’s a new facility, and there’s still a long way to go until this project has been fully approved, but obviously the prospect is tremendously exciting to us,” Freier said. “If we are able to incorporate these historical buildings into the project like we’re hoping to, we will have the coolest ballpark in the country, major or minor league. I have no doubt people will come all around to see that.”
For now, the Lookouts are working with what they have, and this week, what they have just got a lot different. In a massive transaction day, the Lookouts lost five, and gained four to the roster.
Most notable additions are Nick Quintana, who hit two home runs in his Double-A debut Tuesday, and Allen Cerda, who hit Wednesday night’s go ahead home run. Manager Jose Moreno says the depth of this new lineup will make Chattanooga even better in the second half of the season.
“They’re baseball players. They grind, that is the identity that we have,” Moreno said. “We’re not a real powerful, power team, but we do the little things, and they’re perfect [for that]. So they play hard. They have real good talent, but I think the makeup is a big plus.”
Lookouts continue their series with the Birmingham Barons into the holiday weekend, with fireworks shows every night, Friday through Sunday.