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Say goodbye to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:10 PM
Interesting that they didn't do that in conjunction with this season's travel year somehow
Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:34 PM
For example only season ticket holders were the ones receiving anything on giveaway nights, prices for tickets and all that went up after the Phillies left...Plus with all the political crap going on it was pretty ugly..They are hoping with the renovation of the stadium and some fresh ideas fans will embrace the team..That will remain to be seen
Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:02 AM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:06 PM
As for the politics, that was one of the main reasons the Phillies decided to move to Lehigh Valley..Brand new park and obviously closer to Philly, but while they were here the Lackawanna County Stadium authority were the ones that called the shots. Basically a group made up of local politicians and wannabe politicians highlighted by the three county commissioners..When the home clubhouse was getting out of date and the Phillies wanted to expand the weight room at the park, it had to go to a vote as opposed to just putting the money together and getting it done..That didn't sit well with the Phillies brass and the IL commissioner, Randy Mobley said the turmoil surrounding the authority was like he has/had never seen before..
When it got out that the Yankees were thinking about leaving Columbus right around the time the Phillies and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre were ending their relationship a single county commissioner was the one who brokered the deal. That mean exclusive trips to New York and all that..That county commissioner has since landed in jail on corruption charges...Attendance began to dwindle in the late years of the Red Barons and people in the area were under the impression that if the "Yankees" came to town it automatically get the attendance up in the 8,000-9,000 a night. The first year it was very respectable.But as the years wore on that wasn't the game...Fans complained of the way they were treated. The bleachers down both lines were removed and stadium seating was put in place which meant they could charge more for tickets...If it was a giveaway night and you are a season ticket holder you received the promotion. If I just wanted to buy a walk-up for that night's game, I didn not receive the promotion.
The club has since been sold to Mandalay which has a host of teams at various levels around the country. The big fear is that Mandalay will up and move the team to a different location. Plans are apparently in place for that not to happen but people remain skeptical..
The stadium is under renovation hence forcing the team to play on the road all year with the promises it will be complted in time for next April. Construction began later than planned. The renovated park will take on the look of Lehigh Valley with the upper deck being removed and seating around the outfield in the grass areas...
Hope this clears things up a bit..I can add more if you want to continue the discussion...Thanks for your time.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 07:45 AM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:13 AM
Little known fact (at least to me), the Syracuse Chiefs were affiliated with the Boston Red Sox from 1934-1936.
Edited by Bucknahs Bum Ankle, 28 June 2012 - 08:21 AM.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:08 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:24 PM
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