New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the Syracuse Chiefs will rebrand as the Syracuse Mets when they switch affiliations in 2019. The news, relayed by Syracuse.com, was made public at Cuomo’s State of the State address, which was attended by Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, Brandon Nimmo, and T.J. Rivera.
Syracuse general manager Jeff Smorol was noncommittal about the new name, saying, ” We’ll have more to say about it later,” Smorol said. “I don’t think right now is the time to delve into that. When we’re ready to make the official announcement, we’ll make the official announcement.”
The Mets officially purchased the Chiefs in October for a reported $18 million price tag, although the organization’s Triple-A operations will continue in Las Vegas through the 2018 season. The team hosted a Hot Stove dinner in December and notable Mets luminaries such as Tim Teufel and Edgardo Alfonzo were on hand to usher the city of Syracuse into a new era.