Posted Under: Johanna's View
It seems that AA Binghamton will relocate to Ottawa in 2014. The Class AA affiliate of the New York Mets, Binghampton has been in lower tier of New York since 1992, when they moved from Williamsport, PA. We are all familiar with major league teams moving, and really more often than not, minor league teams change affiliations with their major league clubs rather than changing locations.
But the Binghamton, NY stadium doesn’t draw as well as the other AA clubs, the facilities aren’t quite up to what the newer AA facilities have and Ottawa is willing to provide those facilities to the franchise. That will allow the Mets- or possibly a new Major league affiliate to better train their minor leaguers. And by the time players get to AA, barring injury, there is a pretty good shot that they will be used at the major league level at some point. A team wants it’s AA club to have quality facilities to help prevent those injuries.
What this means for the city of Binghamton though is that they are left with an empty facility. Some talk has arisen that might see the city being able to bring a short-season A team to the facility. The Batavia Muckdogs, outside of Rochester, play on what is just a tiny step above a municipal park. To them, the Binghamton facility would be a huge step up, and so what isn’t good enough for double A become acceptable for a very low level A team, where players are sent just to get them used to playing professional baseball.