Thoughts and pictures of my local minor league baseball team the New York Penn League Connecticut Tigers; a Detriot farm team. We'll still be looking at former Navigators/Defenders players along the way....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I'm feeling Lake Monsters not Jammers based...

on this Sept. 23 Jamestown Post-Journal article:

"It was officially announced in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday that the Connecticut Defenders baseball team of the Eastern League is moving there to begin play in 2010.

Richmond had been the home to a Triple A team from 1966 to 2008, but that city was without a team in 2009 after the Atlanta Braves moved their top farm club to Gwinnett County, Ga.

With the Defenders, a San Francisco Giants affiliate, moving to Richmond and no longer playing in Norwich, Conn., speculation will heat up again about a replacement team moving into that city's Dodd Stadium.

One of the teams mentioned is the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.

Speculation about an NY-P League team moving to Norwich began last spring and in addition to Jamestown, the other teams mentioned were Batavia and Oneonta, also in the NY-P League. Now speculation has whittled the replacement teams down to Jamestown and the Vermont Lake Monsters located in Burlington, Vt.

Ironically, Vermont is the former Jamestown Expos team that moved to Burlington in September of 1993 and within a week the Niagara Falls Rapids moved to Jamestown and became the Jammers.

''It seems like any time there's been any rumors of relocation, they always point their fingers at the smaller-market New York-Penn League teams - Jamestown, Batavia, Oneonta,'' Jammer general manager Matt Drayer said Wednesday morning.

And it seems like Jamestown often heads the list.

''When Cal Ripken bought the Utica Blue Sox (and moved them to Aberdeen, Md.), supposedly it was the Jamestown Jammers that were moving to Aberdeen,'' Drayer said. ''We're still here.''

Then he noted, ''When the New Jersey Cardinals moved from Augusta, N.J., to State College, Pa., it was the Jamestown Jammers. Now it's a movement within another league and people are just guessing that the small-market team, Jamestown, is going to go relocate somewhere else.''

Drayer has not been flooded with calls wondering about the status of his team, which is affiliated with the Florida Marlins.

''I've had a couple of inquiries about it, but it's just rumors and speculation, that's all,'' Drayer said. ''We're operating as normal.''

Even friends have been asking and Drayer's response has been, ''I'm still here. There's not a for sale sign in my front yard.''

He added, ''If we were relocating, I probably would not be here right now.''

The Jammers are co-owned by the Buffalo Bisons and Bob Rich, Jr.

''The Riches have had the Jammers here for..., this next year will be the 17th season,'' Drayer said. ''We've been here for 16 years, going on 17 years. That's a long committed statement from the Riches saying that they like the city of Jamestown and they will continue to stay here.''

He added, ''It's not like they're getting any richer or that their organization is getting any more profitable. We've had our good years and we've had our bad years here, but they're committed to impacting the quality of life here in Jamestown. And they know minor league baseball does that for communities and they want to offer that to the city of Jamestown.''

The Jammers finished the 2009 NY-P League season with a 34-42 record for fifth place in the six-team Pinckney Division."

I thinking the Jammers are not relocating to Dodd.

The other problem for me at least is what is a "Pinckney Division?"


Blogger lance aka lc said...

an affiliated team of any sort would be nice. i doubt it will last though.

on another note, i plan on seeing some baseball real soon! yea!

9:34 AM

Blogger greg8370 said...

Careful down in the DR, if that's where you're going...

10:19 AM

Blogger Batboymeister said...

One thing that would be very interesting is that the NY-Penn League should relocate both teams (Jamestown and Vermont). One team should move to Norwich and another should move to New Haven and have Minor League Baseball back at Yale Field.

11:55 AM

Blogger lance aka lc said...

i'm all for baseball back in new haven!

4:48 PM


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