Kernan not looking to sell South Bend minor-league ball team

Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan says he's not interested in selling the minor league baseball team in South Bend even though the Silver Hawks have drawn a franchise-low 113,000 fans this season.

Kernan told the South Bend Tribune that he plans to be president of the Silver Hawks when the team opens its Midwest League season in April. Kernan says he received a lucrative offer in April from a group that wanted to purchase the team and move it to an undisclosed location. He says he talked with other investors in the team and they were interested in making a deal.

Kernan says he expects better attendance next season following $7 million in improvements to Coveleski Stadium that were finished in July.

Meanwhile, minor league baseball attendance has been growing in Indianapolis, where the Indians enjoyed bigger crowds this season for the fourth time in five years.

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