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Baseball at its most democratic just couldn't survive

Longtime Blaze fans Kenneth and Barbara Eddy enjoy Sunday night's final regular-season game for the Blaze at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The couple were married at home plate last year.

If absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, then Bakersfield is really going to love the Blaze come September.

Just the anticipation of the team’s absence is already moving more people into the stands and more Blaze jerseys and ball caps out of the little merchandise store at Sam Lynn Ballpark, said Jordanne Candela, who was working behind the cash register Sunday, the night of the last regular-season game the Bakersfield Blaze will ever play.

Ever.

“It is ironic,” Candela said.

“The thing we needed the most at the time was the fan

Blaze baseball will cease at the end of the season at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield.

What's next for Sam Lynn?

When the Bakersfield Blaze leave town for the Carolina League at the end of this baseball season, the team will leave 75-year-old Sam Lynn Ballpark empty. The County of Kern — which owns the park — will need to figure out what to do with it. Sam Lynn is part of the county’s Metropolitan Park

A drone spotted over the Havilah fire temporarily grounded air attack efforts this weekend, fire officials said Sunday. But air operations were OK'd to continue once the airspace was cleared.

Firefighters battle wildfires on three fronts in Kern

Sometimes it seems as if all of Kern County is on fire. That sense of foreboding jumped to a sense of urgency early Sunday afternoon for residents along Caliente-Bodfish Road between School Road and Piute Meadows Road, who were informed they were subject to recommended evacuations for the Havilah

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