ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees nearly moved their top farm affiliate to Newark, N.J., for the 2012 season, but the deal was blocked by the Mets, who invoked territorial rights to stop the team from moving.
The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees need a temporary home while PNC Field in Scranton, Pa., is refurbished, and the Yankees were interested in moving to Eagles & Bears Riverfront Stadium.
"I went there, I reviewed the place, a request was made," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "They have territorial rights that they have a right to invoke. There's nothing more to it."
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo told The Associated Press that he was disappointed, because hosting the Triple-A club could have boosted the local economy and offered more kids a chance to see future Yankees play in person.
There is also history in Newark for the Yankees; from 1932 to 1949, the Newark Bears were a Yankees farm club, seeing players like Yogi Berra pass through the ranks. But a reprise will not take place.
"We'll find somewhere for us, rather soon, to play for Triple-A," Cashman said. "That's our responsibility."