• Yankees Top Farm Clubs

    Posted by on October 31st, 2007 · Comments (4)

    Here’s a list that I find interesting – it’s the Yankees “top” farm clubs, through the years:

    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (2007 – present)
    Columbus Clippers (1979 – 2006)
    Tacoma Yankees (1978)
    Syracuse Chiefs (1967 – 1977)
    Toledo Mud Hens (1965 – 1966)
    Richmond Virginians (1956 – 1964)
    Denver Bears (1955 – 1958)
    Kansas City Blues (1937 – 1954)
    San Francisco Seals (1951)
    Newark Bears (1931 – 1949)
    Oakland Oaks (1935 – 1936)
    Jersey City Skeeters (1930)
    Chambersburg Young Yanks (1929) – Class “D” Ball
    Jersey City Colts (1922)

    As you can see, the concept of a “farm system” didn’t really take root with the Yankees until the 1930’s. And, yes, there were some years, especially long ago, where the Yankees had two “top” minor league teams at the same time.

    I totally forgot about the Tacoma Yankees. (Shame on me.)

    Comments on Yankees Top Farm Clubs

    1. Vinny Vincenzo
      October 31st, 2007 | 11:46 am

      Albany/Colonie Yankees (1985-1994) – This was a great place to watch baseball before the team moved to Norwich, CT. Saw a lot of great games there and many future big league players on Albany as well as opponent teams.

    2. RICH
      October 31st, 2007 | 11:50 am

      Colonie was a nice place for a game (was the name Heritage Park)? But it wasn’t the Yanks’ top farm team at the time.

    3. Raf
      October 31st, 2007 | 12:58 pm

      I totally forgot about the Tacoma Yankees. (Shame on me.)
      Given that it was only a year, I can´t say that I´d be surprised…

      Having said that, given that the team plays in NY, Tacoma is an odd place to have a AAA club. Wonder what the story was behind that?

    4. November 1st, 2007 | 9:01 am

      Probably a transition stop – the contract in Syracuse was probably up a year before the chance to move to Columbus and they needed a place to play in 1978.

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