Beginning in 2018, the Mets will hold ownership in the Syracuse Chiefs, who are a Triple-A team that plays in the International League. The Mets, who currently play their Triple-A ball in Las Vegas, are making a very smart business decision in their move to the fifth largest city in the state of New York. Not only is this move beneficial for the team, it is a move that will turn out to be one that fans can appreciate as well.
If you talk to Hansel Robles, TJ Rivera, or any other Met that has bounced from Triple-A to the majors and back multiple times over the past couple of years, you’ll come to find that they have logged a significant amount of flyer miles. A plane trip from Las Vegas to La Guardia Airport, just a ride down the road from Citi Field, is a flight that spans 1,944 miles, and lasts for nearly five and a half hours. Does anyone else see a logistical fallacy? It puts a significant strain on the Mets, who are left unable to call up a fresh, ready to go player from Triple-A to be an emergency fill-in.
This is what made the tenants prior to the Mets, the Toronto Blue Jays, depart the dessert. Las Vegas is arguably one of the worst places to host a minor league team, for teams that play on the east coast. Not only are players far from wherever you’re playing, their stats may be affected by the air of the dessert. It often inflates offensive statistics, and makes pitchers numbers look inflated. It is beneficial all around for these players to be in Syracuse rather than Las Vegas.
For Mets fans, seeing the Triple-A team move back across the country couldn’t be a more welcome sight. While it was nearly impossible for most Mets fans to see a Las Vegas 51s game, seeing the Chiefs play in Syracuse is a lot more realistic. Not only to see them play in Syracuse, but also to play in towns like Rochester, Scranton, Buffalo, and the Lehigh Valley. This will make it more convenient for Mets fans who are spread out across the Tri-State area to be able to see the Mets prospects play. More convenient than going to Las Vegas, anyway.
Here is to hoping that this move to Syracuse will inspire generations of new Mets fans. For many families, going to a minor league game is a lot more easier and enjoyable as opposed to seeing a major league game. Hopefully the kids see the fun in baseball, and associate it with the Mets organization, inspiring a new, young generation of Mets fans.
By bringing the Triple-A team to Syracuse, the Mets have made one of their smartest decisions in the Sandy Alderson era. By bringing the team closer, they are making players much more available, giving fans the opportunity to see the prospects that the Mets have to offer, and hopefully bringing a new generation of Mets fans into the fray. This move seems to be nothing but good news for Mets fans, and well worth the $18 Million spent to acquire the team.