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Fort Worth Cats and LaGrave Field part ways

The minor league team may have to move to a different city
LaGrave Field is no longer the home of the Fort Worth Cats.

The Fort Worth Cats have been asked to move out of LaGrave Field, their home since 2002, owner John Bryant confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

Bryant said the Cats intend to play the 2015 season and are hopeful to find a new home in the Fort Worth area. However, he acknowledged they might have to relocate to a different city in North Texas.

Bryant said the Cats are in "fine" financial shape and that had nothing to do with them being asked to leave LaGrave Field. Instead, Bryant said, it's an issue between the owner of the property and the city of Fort Worth.

"We're just bystanders in this," Bryant said. "It's entirely up to those two parties. If they can reach an agreement, of course we'll stay there. But it's something we don't have any control over."

Mark Presswood, president of Panther Real Estate Solutions which represents the developer of the property at LaGrave Field, declined comment on the situation.

The Cats, currently members of the United League Baseball, have played at LaGrave Field since it opened in 2002 and had become a popular team to watch for a few seasons after that, winning league titles in 2005, '06 and '07. However, they had fallen on hard financial times the past few years, when original owner Carl Bell sold the team to Bryant's group in January 2012.