Earlier this month Bill Fulton wrote a piece featured on Medium about the challenges small cities are experiencing, as they watch professional baseball be taken from them. The city of Auburn was one such place- and that struck a chord with Fulton- as he grew up there. The Central New York native is the director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. He’s served as the mayor of Ventura, California, and was director of planning and economic development for the city of San Diego. The thrust of his piece is this: Professional baseball makes places like Auburn better- and those communities deserved better from Major League Baseball, who ultimately decided that professional baseball would be no more in Auburn.