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See related story on B1The Salt Lake Trappers' front office has been hard at work for months selling the 1993 season to advertisers and corporate sponsors as the last season in 46-year-old Derks Field. "We want to give it its proper farewell," says Trapper general manager Dave Baggott.

If Salt Lake City's deal to bring the Portland Beavers Triple-A franchise to the city for 1994 holds up, it'll be the last season for the storied Trappers in this town, too."Our position is one of excitement," says Baggott. "Here we are in December, and baseball's still a hot topic. That just goes to show that Salt Lake City is a baseball town.

"The 1993 Trapper season will be an exciting one," he says. Trapper promotions have always been wild, crazy and unique. You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

"This is the last year for Derks. Let's make it a memorable year," says Trapper principle owner Jack Donovan. "We have a responsibility to the people.

"We've always been good at fanfare," Donovan says.

Donovan and Baggott - as well as the front-office staff including assistant GMs Holly Preston and John Stein and marketing/ticket manager Eric Sawyer - on Wednesday expressed pride in being "a big reason Triple-A would come to Salt Lake City. We feel pride rather than negativity," Baggott says.

"I like to think through our help Salt Lake City is a prime town for Triple-A," says Donovan.

Indeed, in their short season of 38 home dates, the 1992 Trappers drew 217,263 fans. Three Triple-A teams, who have seasons that are twice as long, drew fewer fans: Tidewater of the International League drew 174,362 in 68 dates; Colorado Springs and Portland of the Pacific Coast League drew 187,645 and 184,097 in 68 dates each. The Trappers recorded their millionth fan through the turnstiles midway through the 1991 season. They began in 1985.

Donovan says he has no idea where he will move the Trappers for 1994 and is more concerned with the '93 season.

Ogden, which would have to build a small park, would be a likely candidate.