Major League Baseball’s minor league contraction carousel continues to move.
With MiLB eliminating the short-season A New York-Penn from its MLB affiliation, it looks like the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) will move to the soon-to-be-formed High-A Mid-Atlantic League (MAL), according to reports.
However, neither Mets.com or BrooklynCyclones.com have announced anything on its respective websites at this time.
The Mid-Atlantic League is part of MiLB’s plan to reduce travel in its realignment model.
Baseball America reported that six clubs will make up the Mid-Atlantic League, with the Hudson Valley Renegades (Yankees) joining the fold.
Other possible teams joining the Cyclones (Coney Island Original Hoodie) and Renegades could be Lowell (Red Sox), the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals), Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore), and Jersey Shore BlueClaws (Phillies), per Masslive.com.
As for the NYPL, the former league of Brooklyn and Hudson Valley, Baseball America reported Oct. 29 that MLB has put forward the idea of converting the association into a summer wood bat circuit.
That could give the Staten Island Yankees, who lost its affiliation with the Yankees, an opportunity to continue to see baseball in Richmond County, as well as other cities in the NYPL.
It is unclear at the moment of other possible moves, but once MiLB reveals them, readers will be brought up to speed.
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— Jerry Del Priore