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Sunday, November 08, 2020

Yankees officially axe Staten Island affiliate; new team expected at Richmond County Ballpark

The Staten Island Yankees were one of four minor league affiliates eliminated this weekend as part of the New York Yankees’ organizational restructuring—but the borough president’s office says it has secured a commitment to keep professional baseball on the borough.

On Saturday, the New York Yankees announced the major restructuring of it’s minor league baseball system, ending its affiliation with the Staten Island Yankees, alongside the three other teams, as part of a sweeping league-wide initiative to streamline the system and reduce the total number of developmental teams.

In a statement released Saturday, Yankees ownership said it had considered maintaining its affiliation with the Staten Island Yankees and transition the team to High Single-A ball, but ultimately settled on Hudson Valley as the hometown for that team.

“With the elimination of the Short-Season New York-Penn League, the Yankees carefully considered hosting their High Single-A affiliate in Staten Island. However, as the number of our minor league affiliates have been limited, we did not have the confidence that the organization could continue to allow us to develop our players in the best possible way, especially since the team would have to transition into a full-season Single-A affiliate,” according to the statement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2020 at 10:14 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lassus Posted: November 09, 2020 at 08:04 AM (#5987893)
I have a hard time understanding who thought this was a good idea.
   2. . . . . . . Posted: November 09, 2020 at 08:23 AM (#5987895)
OK concern trolling mets fan.
   3. Lassus Posted: November 09, 2020 at 08:44 AM (#5987898)
No, I'm sincerely writing as a massive fan of the stadium and experience. While I lived in the city I went to the Coney Island Mets maybe once. I took the ferry over four or five times to see the SI Yankees play. Much like with the Oakland As vs. the Giants at Candlestick, the experience was simply far superior in every way even if it was the Junior Circuit.

I guess there are many and varied intricacies to the finances, I'm just really surprised given the PR and location, etc., that they just pulled the plug.
   4. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: November 09, 2020 at 09:29 AM (#5987907)
some plugs are getting pulled - there's no way around it, given the shutting down of two tiers of milb. it came down to staten island versus hudson valley, i guess - and few saw staten sticking around in the new minor league framework.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: November 09, 2020 at 09:39 AM (#5987910)
after all these years with a reputation as being such a blue-collar-focused franchise, some are stunned that the Yankees are going to where the money is.


Damn Yankees

"The Yankees’ decision to sever ties with their Eastern League affiliate in Trenton, N.J., has left the team’s owner fuming.

After learning of the Yankees’ plans to move their Double-A team to Somerset, N.J., as part of a minor league realignment, Trenton Thunder owner Joseph Plumeri ripped the organization on Saturday, claiming it “misled” his community.

“Despite repeated assurances that the Thunder would remain its Double A affiliate over the last 16 months, the Yankees betrayed their partnership at the 11th hour,” Plumeri said in a statement. “By doing so the Yankees have misled and abandoned the Thunder and the taxpayers of Mercer County, who have invested millions of dollars over the years to ensure that Arm & Hammer Park remains one of the premier ballparks in America.”

“While this community built the Yankees organization up and set minor league baseball attendance records, it seems the Yankees were only focused on trying to cut culturally diverse Trenton down in favor of a wealthy, higher socioeconomic area in Somerset,” Plumeri said. “The Yankees' actions are nothing short of despicable."
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 09, 2020 at 01:30 PM (#5987957)
The demise of Minor League Baseball’s 9th oldest ballpark is also an unwelcome casualty of the current realignment, although it appears that the Appalachian League will ‘continue‘ as a summer collegiate league.
   7. stevegamer Posted: November 09, 2020 at 05:24 PM (#5987989)
I'm expecting Trenton to replace Somerset in the Atlantic League.

If you want to talk about cruelty, Trenton employs bat dogs.
   8. NattyBoh Posted: November 09, 2020 at 06:03 PM (#5987990)
I'm expecting Trenton to replace Somerset in the Atlantic League.


Not exactly an even exchange. A fan might see a top prospect or a rehabbing MLB'er in AA. Maybe Rickey will come out of retirement.

FWIW, New Jersey had four franchises in the Atlantic League at one time.
   9. catomi01 Posted: November 09, 2020 at 06:13 PM (#5987992)
Maybe Rickey will come out of retirement.


Just as likely in the Atlantic League...or your local softball league...or a wiffle ball league in someone's backyard. Rickey just likes to play.

Rickey is the source of one of my favorite Atlantic League stories...while I was working for Long Island, Newark was in town for a 3 game set. Rickey requested bananas...we supplied about 15 pounds worth (I don't know why but that number sticks in my head)...I can't prove that he ate all of them, but they were gone by the end of the series and I never saw anyone but Rickey with a banana in hand that whole time.

He also managed to go 37-2 on the bases in 91 games as a 45 year old in 2004 for Newark, and had an OPS north of 1.000 the year before...I know Newark isn't the big leagues, but that's still pretty impressive...if I can manage a 1.000 OPS playing slowpitch at 45, I'll be thrilled.
   10. JJ1986 Posted: November 09, 2020 at 07:48 PM (#5988002)
It's really unfair that hundreds of thousands of people spent decades developing these minor league teams around the country and Rob Manfred gets to unilaterally kill them to save a tiny bit of money.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: November 09, 2020 at 08:07 PM (#5988003)
It's really unfair that hundreds of thousands of people spent decades developing these minor league teams around the country and Rob Manfred gets to unilaterally kill them to save a tiny bit of money.


More than the Mookie deal, more than pace of play, more than TTO, more than zombie runners, the assault on the minors is why I'm looking to give up MLB. I'd rather devote my intention to the independent minors, college and high school ball when things return to normal. The quality of play isn't the same, but the rest of it promises to be a more enjoyable experience.
   12. bads85 Posted: November 10, 2020 at 04:43 PM (#5988152)
Trenton got ######. They weren't promised an affiliate after getting dumped. The Giants have to let go of Augusta, but they have been promised an affiliate. Cal and FSL probably becoming low ball also. Projected leagues:

LOW A
California League (8 teams)
Florida State League (10 teams)
Sally League (12 teams)

HIGH A
Midwest League
Northwest League
Carolina League
New Mid-Atlantic League

   13. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: November 10, 2020 at 06:55 PM (#5988177)
Pizza Rats RIP.
   14. DL from MN Posted: November 11, 2020 at 11:09 AM (#5988267)
Sounds like the Northwest League will only have 6 teams.
   15. DL from MN Posted: November 11, 2020 at 11:25 AM (#5988270)
Are there still rumors about splitting the PCL and IL into three leagues - two coastal and one in the middle of the country?
   16. bads85 Posted: November 11, 2020 at 04:31 PM (#5988341)
Are there still rumors about splitting the PCL and IL into three leagues - two coastal and one in the middle of the country?


Yes, and the Midwest League might be two leagues. The Carolina League might lose some teams to Northwest League. Everything is still in play, and MLB just issued a gag order to the teams about announcing moves.

Also, it appears the Frederick deal did not get finalized with the Orioles yet.
   17. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: November 11, 2020 at 08:09 PM (#5988386)
Are there still rumors about splitting the PCL and IL into three leagues - two coastal and one in the middle of the country?

Interesting. You could call it the "American Association."
   18. puck Posted: November 11, 2020 at 08:16 PM (#5988391)
How is this realignment happening? Is each team negotiating its minor league affiliates?
   19. DL from MN Posted: November 11, 2020 at 10:31 PM (#5988414)
Interesting. You could call it the "American Association."


I was hoping for the Continental League

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_League
   20. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: December 01, 2020 at 09:44 AM (#5991803)
The Twins new AAA affiliate will be the St. Paul Saints.
   21. puck Posted: December 01, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5991811)
Is this the minor league reorg thread? Seems like we should have one.

So this reborn Pioneer league. The announcement has this quote:

MLB will provide initial funding for the league’s operating expenses, as well as install scouting technology in Pioneer League ballparks to provide MLB Clubs with first-class scouting information on Pioneer League players. The agreement will also include a procedure for player transfers to MLB Clubs. The Leagues also will explore joint marketing, ticketing and fan engagement opportunities.


So after the initial phase, are these clubs signing all the players and their contracts are with the Pioneer team? Are MLB teams going to find some way to stash extra players outside their official affiliates?
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 01, 2020 at 12:03 PM (#5991829)
Is this the minor league reorg thread? Seems like we should have one. So this reborn Pioneer league.
There was a Pioneer League thread yesterday that unfortunately got no traction.
   23. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: December 01, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5991866)
sorry - wasn't sure which one to pull up and i never saw the pioneer one.
agree we should have such a thread - either a new one or this or the new st paul/wichita one.
   24. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: December 03, 2020 at 04:41 PM (#5992313)
the si yankees are ending operations and also suing both the nyy and mlb.

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