Famed country radio host and TV personality Bobby Bones is the latest star to swing for the fences in support of a new professional sports team in Nashville. He just joined a roster of big names pushing to bring Major League Baseball to Music City.
Stepping in as a member of the ever-growing community advisory board for Music City Baseball (MCB), Bones is now part of the group hoping to found an MLB team called the Nashville Stars. He’s officially on the same team of excitement-generating celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Darius Rucker, Luke Combs and former Tennessee Titan, Eddie George, and Bones aims to bring his knowledge of the music industry and Nashville community to the role.
“I’m thrilled to join the initiative to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville,” Bones said. “Nashville is second to none in uniting sports and music, making it the perfect destination for a Major League team. I look forward to joining Music City Baseball’s efforts to honor the incredible history of the Nashville Stars, as well as pave the way for the future of MLB in Nashville.”
The potential franchise centers around a team named after both Nashville as the home of country stars, and a pro team that played in the Negro Leagues of the early 20th century, with plans drawn up for a massive stadium and mixed-use complex near the current Nissan Stadium.
The group is committed to privately financing the ballpark, so taxpayers would not be on the hook, and they are also sticking to a vision of equity, inclusion, and diversity — even hoping to found a Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at the stadium site. But to make the plan happen, MCB needs celebrities like Bones to get fans on board.
“Bobby is going to play a critical role in helping us generate excitement surrounding bringing a team here,” said John Loar, Managing Director of Music City Baseball. “His energy and enthusiasm around the cause is unmatched and we are thrilled to have him join our leadership team.”
Other advisors who’ve already signed on include current Chicago White Sox manager and Baseball Hall of Famer, Tony LaRussa, country stars Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Eric Church and others. more information and detailed plans can be found at the MCB website.
Bobby Bones is currenty hosting his nationally syndicated radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, while also serving as an in-house mentor on ABC’s American Idol. He’s gearing up for the premiere of his Breaking Bobby Bones TV series on National Geographic May 31.