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Nick's Into the Minors

11/30/2006 6:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Lachey is now one-third owner of a minor league baseball team. The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners playing in the Pacific Coast League.
Nick Lachey
The pop singer was introduced yesterday with fellow co-owners and a plushie Moose named Rhubarb (in case you were wondering). "Baseball is a true passion of mine, Tacoma is a growing city and I have every intention of playing an active ownership role in the Rainiers as we continue to grow," said Nick.

Lachey first became interested in owning a baseball team when his hometown Cincinnati Reds went up for sale a few years ago, but that deal didn't happen. He will be involved in developing entertainment for families, including concerts and autograph sessions. Play ball!

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