Not So Fast Says B-Mets Owner (again)
The owner of the Binghamton Mets came out once again to defend his team, refuting reports from earlier in the day made by ballparkdigest.com that the team was close to moving to Ottawa, Ontario for the 2014 season.
After interviewing Binghamton Mets owner Michael Urda, Press & Sun-Bulletin B-Mets reporter Lynn Worthy had this to say in an electronic article posted at 7:12 PM last night:
Urda said the B-Mets ownership has not had discussions with Beacon Sports Capital or any potential ownership groups about buying the franchise.
When Worthy pressed the B-Mets owner further as to the future of Double-A baseball in Binghamton, Urda had this to say
Urda would not definitively say the Binghamton franchise would remain a Double-A affiliate, quipping, “Anything is possible. We could put a Major League team here as well.”
One further quote that appeared in the article, this time from Eastern League president Joe McEacharn and a salient point in the entire ‘Ottawa is getting an Eastern League club’ controversy is:
“The reason there’s not baseball in Ottawa right now is because it failed miserably,” McEacharn said.
Although proponents of the Ottawa market returning to affiliated baseball have turned a blind eye to this fact, the fact remains that attendance numbers in Ottawa – even before they became a lame duck team prior to their move to Allentown – were below what Binghamton is drawing at this point, and at that time Ottawa had a Triple A club, one step above the Double A Eastern League.
About the Author: Tim Burns
A Mets fan since birth, a Binghamton Mets fan since he watched them put the first shovel in the dirt in 1991 at Henry and Fayette Streets and every season since then, Tim is a vehement supporter - and at times defender - of Binghamton and his hometown team. From the days of Isringhausen, Pulsipher, and Wilson, to Reyes and Wright, all the way to present day den Dekker, Wheeler, and McHugh, he remembers when and is proud of all those that have graduated from the ballpark formerly known as Binghamton Municipal Stadium! Let's Go (B)Mets!
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