The Tao of Stieb has a post up on the possibility of the Jays severing their ties with the Syracuse Chiefs, the only Triple-A affiliate they have ever known.
The need-to-know seems to be that the other two International League cities in western New York, Buffalo and Rochester, could also be coming open within the next year. Major-league teams seem to want a conveniently located Triple-A affiliate (i.e., like the Philadelphia Phillies will with Allentown, Pa.). The Cleveland Indians apparently are going to end their relationship with Buffalo after next season, while Rochester and Syracuse are both angling to get the New York Mets affiliate. The Mets ended up in New Orleans, which is way too far away for their liking.
(Granted, they have nothing on the Pittsburgh Pirates, who once had a Triple-A team in Honululu -- 4,650 miles away.)
So really, the Jays should be striking while the iron's hot if they want to keep their top farm club close to Toronto.
Could the Mets come to CNY? (Syracuse.com, Oct. 7)
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