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....

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's done.....

many thanks to EL President and franchise hijacker Joe McEachern for finishing today what he wanted most during the off season last year and all during this season and after: the Connecticut franchise is now moved to Richmond, VA. Got the press release emailed to me from the league office. Funny thing, press release on the bottom of the page says something along the lines of "Serving the Northeast with Exciting Class AA Baseball." Maybe someone should look at a map and rethink that. The hijacker has stacked the front office with his hand picked team as well while Lou stands by and accepts whatever deal has been made to prevent him from suing the league.

I understand it: a bigger market (read dollars) and maybe a new park (read more dollars). Not enough people went to Dodd to keep it going; I understand that all too well. Southeast Connecticut needs to take a long look in the mirror.
There might be an Act 2 at Dodd: short season A ball. Maybe that's part of the "deal" between Lou and Joe. If that's not supported--goodbye affiliated minor league ball forever.


Blogger Batboymeister said...

At leat my time being a baseball fan (for 8 years) and going to baseball games (in 9 years) is OVER! I've had with baseball. Baseball is an unfair and sickest sport in the world. It is time for me to be a hockey fan again and for always. One of the greatest sports in North America to watch (unlike baseball). I've started following hockey since 2005 after I didn't want to watch the White Sox win Game 4 of the 2005 World Series over the Astros and after their lock out through out the 2004-05 season.
I am now looking forward to going to as many hockey games (in both NHL and AHL) as I can possibly go to.
It would be nice if there was a job that involves in professional hockey I can work for.

1:45 PM

Blogger Geno Espineli Fan said...

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5:54 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

This is all very sad. I really hope there is a team playing at Dodd again next year.

9:31 PM

Blogger greg8370 said...

Thanks Kelly!

10:48 PM

Blogger Dfensfan said...

as long as Dowd is out,i will be happy

10:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i still believe that short season is perfect for you part of the country

too many rainouts and bad weather early in the season

and if they get a college summer league to also play...there will be as much baseball at the park as there was withe aa ball

with ss, there is a much better chance of the fans seeing a big leaguer rehabbing...that means more fans at the park

in any case...i will continue to visit this blog

it remains the best blog covering milb in the entire internets

3:39 AM

Blogger greg8370 said...

thanks for your kind words bacci!

9:17 AM

Blogger Justin said...

Oh well, I have family in Richmond and the Braves screwed them over as well. It's all about dollars now. The Richmond Braves existed there for decades, but when more money came from Gwinnett, the Braves never had any intention of turning that down. Despite a long running history in Richmond. The simple fact is that these local economies can't afford to build new and better stadiums every 20 or so years like these organizations now demand. I love baseball, but much about it (and professional sports) is exactly what is wrong with this country today.

7:20 PM


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