Mets Triple-A affiliate to be renamed Syracuse Mets
By JT. Teran
Mets ownership will change the name of their newly acquired franchise in time for the team’s first season in the organization
At Wednesday afternoon’s New York State of the State Address, Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke about the sports franchises that belong to our state. Of course since the Mets are one of them, their latest purchase in Syracuse this past year was a big deal and worth mentioning.
Cuomo shared some information about the acquisition of the Triple-A franchise by the Amazins and noted that they would undergo a change in name once they take over next season.
No longer would they be known as the Syracuse Chiefs, but instead, they’ll now be called the Syracuse Mets.
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As someone who was really hoping the organization would ditch that racist name, I’m happy to see them rebrand the team next year. I would have hoped that they would have picked a more fun name though, specially since that seems to be the trend around minor league baseball for the last few years.
The only thing that could have made this all better, as my good friends at Good Fundies pointed out, would have been if the new name went into effect this year as the Washington Nationals’ Triple-A team plays their last season in Syracuse.
As for other Mets affiliates, well, one of them really had some fun with the whole naming thing recently.
The Double-A team in Binghamton was known as the B-Mets for years, until the offseason before the 2017 season. The organization ran a pretty fun contest and the winning name would ultimately be used going forward. Thus the Binghamton Rumble Ponies are now a very real thing.
I guess I’ll have to hold out hope that they’ll start another contest in a few years to rename the Syracuse Mets all over again. I wouldn’t hold my breath for that, but it would be cool to see.
The move to purchase the Syracuse franchise is arguably one of the smartest moves the Mets have made in years. Having their Triple-A team in Las Vegas these last few seasons has been abysmal for the team. They’ve constantly had to play short-handed, and when the players that are needed do arrive, they’ve had to adjust rather quickly to a new time zone.
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Having their minor league system concentrated (for the most part) in the same state where the major league team plays their home games is huge. Props where they are due.