Las Vegas 51s

Mets sign two-year extension to keep Triple-A team in Vegas

The Mets have signed a two-year player development agreement to keep their Triple-A team in Las Vegas, the team announced. The new deal keeps their Triple-A team in Vegas through 2016.

“We have had a great partnership with the Las Vegas 51s and the city of Las Vegas, one which continues to provide player development, winning and community involvement,” Sandy Alderson said in a release. “Maintaining continuity in Vegas is something we know will benefit our players, the city, fans and entire community.”The Mets moved their Triple-A team to

Las Vegas beginning in the 2013 season. The Mets previously had their Triple-A team in Buffalo, New Orleans and Norfolk.

“We have a strong working relationship with many of the front office personnel with the Mets,” 51s President/COO Don Logan said. “I’ve known Sandy Alderson for over 20 years to go along with John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi, Paul DePodesta, Dick Scott and Terry Collins. We are excited to extend our relationship and build on the success we have enjoyed.”




108 comments
John Agoglia
John Agoglia

Guessing they got a good deal. That matters more than winning

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones

Shouldn't they closer? Maybe north east?

Eddie Cruz
Eddie Cruz

They should be in Buffalo or Rochester somewhere u can get a player from triple aaa in a few hrs compare to across the country

ctdbatboy
ctdbatboy

Las Vegas should relocate to Nassau County once their lease with the ballpark expires soon. Long Island should deserve a Triple-A franchise, and that would be perfect place to have one! Triple-A Indianapolis would have to move to the Pacific Coast League to make way for a new team in the International League. That needs to happen.

stage52
stage52

if you did some really digging you would find  that a lot of Ballclubs  have affiliates that are not exactly close to their parent team .  Take a Look !

stage52
stage52

Back in 2005 the Single A NJ  Cardinals  who had played at Skylands Field in Augusta NJ moved to a new ball park in State College PA by the´owners of the franchise The now State College Spikes because they did not feel the owners of the field were up to the job of fielding a Single A Franchise .  It was decided with little notice that it would happen and the ballpark sits idle since only fielding the Sussex Skyhawk's team who were a non affiliated team. It was great  for me having a baseball field just a few miles away from where I live.  A new owner just bought the field complex but has no plans as of yet in attracting another club to play there.  For now the Ballpark sits idle  next to an annual  Corn and Pumpkin patch in a bucolic setting  almost like a movie.  What a waste!

hankincolo
hankincolo

Did someone in Vegas threaten to "Moe Green" someone in the Mets front office?  I mean, what the fricka frack? Is Binghamton too small? I know this has been batted around before but surely there is a much closer option for establishing a triple A team. I certainly hope the Mets keep looking. 

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

At least we know the Mets can still sign something!

William O'Sullivan
William O'Sullivan

Read:  "We still can't find a viable alternative to the sun-baked hell hole that inflates hitting stats and ERAs to such ridiculous levels that it makes player evaluation twice as difficult.  Otherwise it's an ideal situation." 

strato
strato

Why would you possiblyhave your triple A team across the country in a park that is a nightmare for pitchers, when you are trying to develop an organization based on young pitching? Are you purposely trying to shatter their confidence? Obviously, they got a bargain (the sole premise upon which this organization runs).

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Utter joke. Playing in a park this far from us and completely making bad hitters look good and making pitchers make unnecessary adjustments for no reason.

We are second class citizens in every manner of speaking.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Gary and Ron touched on this briefly last night. Several teams (Atlanta and Boston) have their  top farm clubs within a short drive of the big league team. So do the (urgh!) Yankees. Vegas seems awfully far and there have been a few times this year when the team was caught short-handed. There are indeed times when I honestly believe that Sandy is from the George Costanza School of Opposite. How else do you explain some of his choices over the years?

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Look at it this way we got ourselves starters at SS,CF and Catcher this Year, that's not too shabby Wright has to get better, we need either Flores to start hitting if we're not going to pay Murphy! But we might be able to package a guy  like Murphy with Gee or Syndergarrd and get some Value. If we can get denDecker to break out who knows what we might have! Getting Harvey and Parnell is going to make us contenders along with Wheeler, deGrom, Familia and Montero. Grandy has got to stop striking out and we just might be in business! We definitely have the Chips for a Major Trade! Keep Your Chin Up, But Covered! We can also use a Big League Manager, Terry is not the Answer, he did his best and that just ain't good enough!!!

Robert Hess
Robert Hess

Who gives a flying s__t.??  The Mets can do nothing right as far as I'm concerned.  Why not play in Alaska or PR.  No one wants these bums (ownership & the front office)  They lost the FAN, what's next Brooklyn?  Put a competitive team on the field and people will be willing to support them.  BTW, Sandy talks a good show but what will he say when the Mets finish in last place?  Oh we had too many injuries.  Oh the young guys didn't produce.  blah, blah, blah

ny12jets
ny12jets

Shocker.  I'm still ticked that they are no longer on FAN, and I have to go to AM to listen to their games.  Pushed out by the Yankees.  Second class everything.  Maybe they think we're not paying attention.

shea
shea

I understand the system....I understand they had no other choice (now)....I get that.


BUT...what is being forgotten in this is that the Mets got themselves into this pickle, they HAD choices, but in typical mets fashion they blew them and burnt their bridges...they PUT THEMSELVES IN THIS SPOT.....being dysfunctional got them a AAA on the opposite side of the continent. 


"They had a four-decade relationship severed by Norfolk after the 2006 season because the Tides became disenchanted with the quality of the product and the attention given by the Mets.  Rosenfield said the relationship soured after Jeff Wilpon became the Mets' chief operating officer in 2002, after which communication with team officials became "virtually nonexistent." "When he became involved in everything was when things changed," Rosenfield said. "I dealt with him on some things and somebody always had to go to him if you wanted to do anything. He had his nose and hands in everything."


"Since Buffalo received disproportionate media/marketing attention from being affiliated with a New York ballclub, dumping the Mets is a major rebuke of the organization. The Bisons' attendance steadily has decreased, with Buffalo struggling to win during the four-year relationship. With a loss Sunday to Pawtucket, Buffalo has a .456 winning percentage (255-304) in four seasons as a Mets affiliate."

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Too many people seem think that the Mets brass woke up one morning and decided that it would be a good idea to put their AAA team in Vegas. After their relationship with Norfolk soured and Buffalo decided to affiliate with Toronto, they had no where else to go.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@stage52 How many seats and how close to the nearest city with 100-thousand?

stage52
stage52

@hankincolo

Binghamton is a double A League. There are not any slots open for a Triple A Team in the international league  conference.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Sandy also takes style tips from George Costanza

hankypanky
hankypanky

It's been explained a thousand times. Putting it as simply as possible, there are no other options open to the Mets because all other choices are locked in by other teams. If a miracle happens and a site opens in or around the eastern seaboard, then the Mets can pounce. How the Mets got into this position in the first place is a complicated story and needs more space.

strato
strato

Den decker and Flores are not going to break out. They can hit 350 at Las Vegas. Hell, I can hit 350 at Vegas. That is part of the idiocy of having your farm team there. It is impossible to get a genuine read on them. I am surprised the Mets aren't using aluminum bats to save money.

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matt greco
matt greco

@Robert Hess oh for the love of god...alaska or PR?  can we put an IQ test on this garbage comment system before allowing people to post?


i realize this was sarcasm to try to prove a point, but this is getting ridiculous now...

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@ny12jets comes down to revenue $$$'s.  How much would you spend to advertise your product on a Yankee broadcast in comparison to a Met broadcast 

matt greco
matt greco

@shea the bigger problem was jeff wilpon completely screwing up their relationship with norfolk...that's what started this whole mess in the first place.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@shea  I don't think Buffalo's record as a Mets affiliate was a driving force to partner with Toronto. I think the proximity to Toronto had more to do with it. They just saw Toronto as a better fit.  

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

@shea Thank you…as opposed to these other people who are self pronounced experts, you are the first person who made a plausible argument. Good job Shea

matt greco
matt greco

@shea i don't necessarily buy that they're losing a ton of money by switching to the blue jays.  toronto is less than 100 miles from buffalo...it's not like they're a horrible fit.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@Pete Brilvitch Do not forget New Orleans that wanted Miami 

stage52
stage52

@hankincolo @stage52  This was not a case of  "You build it, they will come".This is the Far north west part of NJ.  The NJ State Fairground are just a few miles away too but it is still Farm and lake communities mostly.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@stage52 Well then, in keeping with my Godfather theme, someone has to be make an offer someone can't refuse!

hankincolo
hankincolo

@hankypanky I think the short explanation is the Mets ownership pissed off the other cities much closer to NYC that all made sense compared to Vegas.

stage52
stage52

@hankypanky  They just are really stupid about this subject no matter how many times you or anyone that understands the situation explains it Hanky!

gangsta
gangsta

If you realize it's sarcasm, treat it as sarcasm, your feathers are easily ruffled Matt, maybe an IQ test would be a bad thing for you.

shea
shea

@matt greco dude, this is supposed to have a community feel to it....GET OFF  YOUR HIGH HORSE.   "IQ test on this garbage comment system"...if our intelligence isn't up to your standards, go some place else (we are far too dumb to find someplace else to go)...and if the system is such garbage, why pray-tel do you use it?


You state you realize it was sarcasm, yet you still felt the need to bash him....either you are simply trolling or you have some serious passive aggressive issues.   The man/woman is angry, after 6 years of losing (tied with only the Astros for such a streak)....anger should be expected. 


Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@Pete Brilvitch @shea This is what i found on the Buffalo situation 


The Bisons' agreement with the Mets ended after the 2012 season because the Bisons' management was dissatisfied with poor attendance and performance during the Mets era. The Bisons enjoyed only one winning season out of the four years that they were affiliated with the Mets.

stage52
stage52

@matt greco @shea  There are more Toronto fans in the Buffalo area than Met fans.  That is why it happened.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Karl Leopold @Pete Brilvitch  I thought the Mets actually looked to get out of New Orleans when Buffalo opened up instead of New Orleans wanting to end things with the Mets. I forget what actually happened there though.

Rob Phillips
Rob Phillips

That is exactly what happened in the case of Tidewater/Norfolk.

matt greco
matt greco

@gangsta not sure how my "feathers being easily ruffled" has anything to do with my intelligence...

gangsta
gangsta

You don't seem to understand how sarcasm works, it irritates you