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."