From The Columbus Dispatch -
The New York Yankees announced today that they will not renew their deal with the Columbus Clippers baseball team, which ended with the Clippers’ regular season Sept. 4.
Columbus Baseball Team Inc. is set to begin negotiations with available Major League Baseball teams Saturday and has until Sept. 30 to sign with another major-league club. Major league teams currently without triple-A affiliations include the New York Mets, Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.
“I can guarantee there will be baseball in Columbus next season,” Clippers president Ken Schnacke said.
It is believed that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wants his triple-A team closer to New York. Scranton, Pa., approximately 120 miles west of New York City, is available since the Philadelphia Phillies allowed their contract to lapse. The team currently known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barrons will play in Allentown in 2008, and Philadelphia is rumored to be planning to play its top minor-league team in Ottawa for the 2007 season.
Well, the folks in PA are saying it’s a done deal, for what it’s worth.
I can just see Cashman, in his best Edith Bunker voice, saying: “We’re not going to Disney World, or any other world – we’re going to Scranton!” (You probably have to watch a lot of All-In-The-Family to get this one.)
When I was a kid, the Yankees played their Triple-A games in Syracuse. So, it’s not heart-breaking to me that they’ll no longer be in Columbus – as I’ve known it to be different already.
From the report in PA:
Reportedly, one of the demands that Scranton/Wilkes-Barre plans to make is that they keep the Red Barons as its nickname—and the Yankees concur.
What, and not the “Red Baron Von Steingrabbers?”
(Yeah, I know it’s “General Von Steingrabber.” I’m just having a little fun here.)