Adam Rubin wrote on the possibility of the Mets moving their Triple-A team to Syracuse for the 2015 season. He spoke with Howard Dolgon, who owns the American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse, and Dolgon was the one who brought up the whole idea:
“Why aren’t the Mets here?” Dolgon told the newspaper [Syracuse Post-Standard]. “Why are the Mets 3,000 miles away when you could be on SNY and promoting your brand that way? If you are asking me, one of the things that I would do 100 percent is see if those New York Metropolitans are available.”
As you know, the Mets currently have a contract with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League, which is extremely inconvenient for them. The contract only runs through next year, however, and the Washington Nationals agreement with the Syracuse Chiefs also expires about 2014.
The Mets had negotiated with management in Syracuse previously, but decided to go with Buffalo instead back in 2009. Although Dolgon is not affiliated with the baseball team, he is known for being a big community guy. The Chiefs, Rubin states, were poorly owned in the past so they hired new marketing staff for this offseason.
Hey, who knows? I’ll take a Triple-A team in Syracuse for ease of access any day.