Friday, February 10, 2012
Report: Binghamton losing AA baseball
By Adam Rubin
The Binghamton Mets will be no more after the 2012 season, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Beacon Sports Capital Partners is buying the Double-A team and moving it to Ottawa, according to the newspaper.
With the Mets' affiliation agreement expiring with Binghamton after 2012, it would not mean the Mets will be playing Eastern League baseball in Ottawa in '13 if the report is accurate. In fact, the report states Ottawa is likely to align with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Instead, it means the Mets would be looking for a new Double-A affiliate for the 2013 season -- like they were when they relocated from New Orleans to Buffalo for Triple-A ball for the 2009 season.
One in-the-know person speculates the Mets could wind up in New Britain in 2013, with the Twins moving to New Hampshire and the Blue Jays in Ottawa.
Binghamton Mets president Michael Urda denied the report, telling the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: "The Binghamton Mets have not been sold, and we have not been contacted by anyone interested in our club."
Still, the Ottawa Citizen report was very specific. It even added that NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton will continue to have baseball in 2013, but it will be in the lower-level New York-Penn League, with a team moving from Batavia, N.Y. With the Mets owning Brooklyn in that league, it appears the Mets' run in Binghamton at any level will end.
Binghamton has been the Mets' Double-A home since 1992.
B-Mets and Eastern League officials did not return ESPNNewYork.com calls Thursday, but a source familiar with the pending transaction hinted Binghamton was the Eastern League team on the move.