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SNY Mets to buy Syracuse Chiefs, move Triple-A team from Las Vegas to Syracuse

The Mets will buy the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and move their Triple-A affiliate from Las Vegas, NV to Syracuse, NY, reports Mark Weiner of Syracuse.com. The move will occur after the 2018 season.

The Chiefs are currently the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals, while the Mets’ current affiliate—the 51s—is located in Las Vegas.

Once the sale—which was approved on Monday morning—is final, the Mets will own and operate the Chiefs, according to Weiner.

The Mets’ Triple-A affiliate has been located in Las Vegas since 2013, which was the season after their deal with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons expired.

“With Syracuse’s rich history and love of baseball, the Mets purchasing the Syracuse Chiefs is a grand slam for the entire community,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said, according to Weirner.

The Mets’ Double-A affiliate is located in Binghamton, NY while their High-A affiliate is located in Port St. Lucie, FL. Their short-season A-ball affiliate is located in Brooklyn, NY.

This, while still rather a bit away, is totally awesome news.  For Syracuse anyhow.

Lassus Posted: October 09, 2017 at 06:49 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Adam Starblind Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:23 PM (#5548397)
With no evidence whatsoever, I believe LV is terrible for hitting and pitching prospects alike. Playing in an extreme environment can only cause you to develop bad habits to take advantage or compensate. Great news. Now can we get WFAN back from the Yankees?
   2. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:26 PM (#5548399)
This will be a legit plus for Syracuse baseball - lots of Mets fans, and this should add to interest in the team locally. When I lived in Syracuse, we went to Binghamton a few times to check out the AA team, and it was a doable drive. Happy to hear this news...
   3. catomi01 Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:32 PM (#5548407)
Now can we get WFAN back from the Yankees?


Yes - but you have to take Sterling and Waldman too.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:41 PM (#5548412)
“With Syracuse’s rich history and love of baseball, the Mets purchasing the Syracuse Chiefs is a grand slam for the entire community,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said, according to Weirner.

Yes, I'm sure those exact words came out of Schumer's mouth.
   5. John Northey Posted: October 09, 2017 at 09:20 PM (#5548433)
As a Jays fan I can only say congrats to the Mets for escaping Vegas. It sucked when the Jays were there and we were all thankful when they moved to Buffalo. I'm sure all you Met fans feel the same about going to Syracuse.
   6. Bote Man Posted: October 09, 2017 at 11:05 PM (#5548497)
So how does this work, exactly? What say do the Nationals have in this sale? Did the Nats get right of first refusal?

It seems that Las Vegas is the red-headed stepchild, but when they do this "each team move one to the right" dance it would be better if a western club affiliate with Las Vegas. I just don't understand all the workings of the minor league teams and their relationships to the big clubs.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 09, 2017 at 11:26 PM (#5548512)
The Nationals affiliation has another year to run, so nothing changes until after the 2018 season. This seems like a Mets initiative to pre-empt the affiliation renewal process by buying an available location that they much prefer over Las Vegas. Last round, they were not considered a desirable match and got stuck with LV.

Haven't seen anything about whether the Nationals were in on the bidding, or even interested, but my guess is that they will look to affiliate with an eastern AAA team if they can, rather than just settle for Las Vegas in 2019. Could be a round of musical chairs.
   8. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: October 10, 2017 at 12:11 AM (#5548524)
As a Jays fan I can only say congrats to the Mets for escaping Vegas. It sucked when the Jays were there and we were all thankful when they moved to Buffalo. I'm sure all you Met fans feel the same about going to Syracuse.


I went to a game in Vegas when they were affiliated with the Dodgers. All I remember is that it was hot, the stadium wasn't very nice and it was far from the strip. A few weeks earlier, I went to an Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field. I went from seeing my first AAA game at an absolute gem of a stadium to see my next AAA game at probably the worst stadium in the PCL.

At least back then, it made sense for the Dodgers to be there. Their high A team was in Vero Beach and the AA team was in Jacksonville. They needed a team that was at least in the same time zone for rehab assignments, etc.
   9. Bote Man Posted: October 10, 2017 at 02:52 AM (#5548554)
The ballpark in Richmond, Virginia has been a subject of debate/controversy recently, I'm guessing they're angling for a new ballpark at taxpayer expense. Last I knew they were affiliated with the Braves, but that would be a perfect place for the Nationals AAA team to play, 90 miles south of The District. Then they could either keep their AA club in Harrisburg or swap them with the Braves and locate a team in the beautiful Carolinas which seems to be a hotbed of minor league activity. Or I could just be full of caca.
   10. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: October 10, 2017 at 06:51 AM (#5548559)
“With Syracuse’s rich history and love of baseball, the Mets purchasing the Syracuse Chiefs is a grand slam for the entire community,” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said, according to Weirner.

Yes, I'm sure those exact words came out of Schumer's mouth.

Expletives deleted.
   11. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: October 10, 2017 at 06:54 AM (#5548560)
Braves moved their AAA some time ago, Richmond is Giants.
   12. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: October 10, 2017 at 07:14 AM (#5548563)
The ballpark in Richmond, Virginia has been a subject of debate/controversy recently, I'm guessing they're angling for a new ballpark at taxpayer expense. Last I knew they were affiliated with the Braves, but that would be a perfect place for the Nationals AAA team to play, 90 miles south of The District. Then they could either keep their AA club in Harrisburg or swap them with the Braves and locate a team in the beautiful Carolinas which seems to be a hotbed of minor league activity. Or I could just be full of caca.

The AAA Richmond Braves were owned by the Atlanta Braves, who moved them to Gwinnett back in 2009 after Richmond (sensibly) wouldn't build them a new stadium. An AA Eastern League franchise subsequently moved to Richmond and became the Richmond Flying Squirrels. They're currently affiliated with the Giants but are independently owned, and are the ones currently angling for the new ballpark.

The Nats have been affiliated with another Eastern League team - Harrisburg - since the Expos days, and may not think that the advantage of being closer to DC would justify switching affiliations and getting embroiled in the ballpark funding fight.
   13. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: October 10, 2017 at 07:15 AM (#5548564)
Or coke to to geometry, and since you did it better feel free to add some rum.
   14. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 10, 2017 at 10:17 AM (#5548662)
Hallelujah!
   15. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: October 10, 2017 at 10:37 AM (#5548681)
Yay for the Mets getting out of Vegas!

Given the crazy offensive context, would it make sense for a team with a homer happy MLB park like Colorado to put their AAA squad in Vegas?
   16. Lassus Posted: October 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM (#5548705)
Now that I've slept on it, I do wonder if a public-funded AAA stadium is going to get shoved up our ass by 2020.
   17. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2017 at 12:55 PM (#5548847)
Now that I've slept on it, I do wonder if a public-funded AAA stadium is going to get shoved up our ass by 2020.

No need to wonder. It will be.

Sorry to go OTP but if the Koch's get their convention I hope someone writes an amendment banning public support of ballparks.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 10, 2017 at 01:20 PM (#5548869)
The lack of an "acceptable" ballpark might make Richmond a long shot to return to AAA in time to address the Nationals 2019 needs. My guess is that the Nats might try to pry Norfolk away from the Orioles. They'd have the benefit of proximity, perhaps build the fan base a bit southward (mostly though TV ratings), and stick it to Baltimore as payback for the MASN mess. The Orioles had been affiliated with the Rochester (NY) Red Wings for decades, but relations soured under Angelos and the Rochester folks decided to look elsewhere about a decade ago. No idea how the current Baltimore - Norfolk relationship is doing.
   19. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 10, 2017 at 01:28 PM (#5548882)
I'm glad teams are lining up their affiliates in a geographic manner. Never made sense how a team like the Mets had their AAA affiliate in Vegas.
   20. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 10, 2017 at 01:29 PM (#5548883)
Given the crazy offensive context, would it make sense for a team with a homer happy MLB park like Colorado to put their AAA squad in Vegas?

There are plenty of crazy offensive contexts in the PCL, though. The Rockies are in Albuquerque, so moving to Vegas would just leave that pinball machine to someone else, as was the case when they left Colorado Springs.

The real reason no one wants to get stuck with Vegas is that the facilities are trash; last I heard there's a one-man batting cage literally in the parking lot. It would ideally be abandoned entirely for Tucson or someplace, and we'd get to the point we have eight acceptable Mountain/Pacific affiliates for the eight western parent clubs to conduct their own separate game of musical chairs. Colorado Springs imminently being replaced by San Antonio puts a bit of a wrench in those works.
   21. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 10, 2017 at 04:13 PM (#5549093)
The Mets will buy the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and move their Triple-A affiliate from Las Vegas, NV to Syracuse, NY


What happens to the current players on the Chiefs? TBD?
   22. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: October 10, 2017 at 07:03 PM (#5549245)
@21 they're property of the Nats, they'll play were Washington signs a new deal.
   23. DL from MN Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:32 AM (#5549509)
eight acceptable Mountain/Pacific affiliates for the eight western parent clubs


Portland, Oregon would help
   24. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:23 AM (#5549561)
Portland, Oregon would help


There's already been one minor league team moved out of Portland due to the facility renovations required for the Timbers. A new team in Portland would require a new ballpark.

-- MWE

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