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Yankees plan to purchase SWB franchise and stay in NEPA

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees held a press conference at PNC Field this afternoon to announce two things.

1. They intend to exercise their option to purchase the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise.

2. The Yankees plan to keep the franchise in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“I wanted to come down so you hear from me directly,” Randy Levine said. “Let me say it on the record: the New York Yankees are in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, intend to be in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, love being in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and want to remain in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.”

My friends back at the Scranton Times-Tribune have the story.

There was considerable concern in the Scranton area when the Yankees were brought to town on a contract that included a purchase option. It seemed to open the door for relocation, but the Yankees seem to like it there, despite sagging attendance. The clubhouse and training facilities are top-notch, the playing surface is brand new and the location is near New York. The stadium itself is a mess and in need of significant repair — or a new place altogether — but Levine made it clear that the Yankees prefer to stay in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and not follow the Phillies out of town.

“They left,” he said. “We don’t intend to.”

 
 

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24 Responses to “Yankees plan to purchase SWB franchise and stay in NEPA”

  1. Bronx Jeers September 10th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    “I wanted to come down so you hear from me directly,” Randy Levine said. “Let me say it on the record: the New York Yankees are in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, intend to be in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, love being in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and want to remain in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.”

    Levine means business.

    Scranton or Death! But why stop there?

    We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
    we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
    we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
    we shall fight on the beaches,
    we shall fight on the landing grounds,
    we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
    we shall fight in the hills;
    we shall never surrender

  2. raymagnetic September 10th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Scranton PA, where kids are jailed for cash considerations. :(

  3. Betsy September 10th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    SJ, ok – fair enough on the trade off the Epplers, Oppenheimers etc… of the world make when they sign a long-term deal.

    If Towers gets the job, congrats to him – we hardly knew ye.

    So, the Mets said just a few days ago that Johan was ok – and now he needs surgery? Unbelievable.

  4. Patrick September 10th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Patrick-

    Stressful, but probably addictingly so. Brian will be the GM as long as the Yanks want him.

    Probably so. That’s fine with me because I like Cashman. Although I’d probably prefer myself, you, CB, or Jerkface as the GM :)

    Sj44 you are awesome but I need a stat guy as my GM! You can be the owner of the team

  5. BIG AL September 10th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Scranton PA, where kids are jailed for cash considerations.

    *************************************************

    What the heck does that mean?

  6. raymagnetic September 10th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Big Al,

    You didn’t hear the story on CBS last year? True story.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories.....7237.shtml

  7. Wave Your Hat September 10th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Patrick, LOL. SJ44 the owner and me the GM! People would pay good money to see that show!

    Wouldn’t last long though, I suspect SJ44 would fire me pretty quick (although he would, of course, be mistaken to do so).

  8. pat September 10th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Did the Yankees draft White or am I misremembering?

    jonmorosi #Royals sign former #Dolphins QB Pat White to a minor-league contract. #MLB #WVU

  9. BIG AL September 10th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    raymagnetic September 10th, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    Big Al,

    You didn’t hear the story on CBS last year? True story.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories…..7237.shtml

    ***************************************************
    I lived in NEPA for 24 years, and never heard of this. Been in NC for the past 2 years, so I guess I’m out of touch. I saw a TV show that was bases on this same idea, I wonder if that’s where the writers got the ideas from. Oh well, where there’s money, there’s corruption.
    By the way, Scranton is in Lackawanna County, not Luzerne.

  10. raymagnetic September 10th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    “Did the Yankees draft White or am I misremembering?”

    Yeah, they drafted him.

    Did the Yankees draft White or am I misremembering?

  11. raymagnetic September 10th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Whoops, meant to post the link.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....815G22TYTN

  12. raymagnetic September 10th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Big Al,

    I think that was an episode of Law & Order you’re referring too, because I saw it as well….

  13. BIG AL September 10th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Raymagnetic -

    I believe you are correct. Law & Order writer’s take the headlines and make up their shows from that.

    Luzerne County has always been known as a highly corrupt area, so in that respect, it does not surprise me. Poor kids however.

  14. pat September 10th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    raymagnetic

    Thanks. Wonder if KC is thinking of him as an OF like the Yankees did or as a pitcher?

  15. JoeyA September 10th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Was anybody aware:

    1. Yankees grant permission in order for other teams to interview organizational employees? ( Towers & Oppenheimer)

    2. The Yankees granted permission to interview Towers but not Oppenheimer? I can’t imagine that makes Oppenheimer too happy.

  16. BIG AL September 10th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Just what the league needs, another football player that people think they can make into a baseball player. White did not play baseball all during college.

  17. BIG AL September 10th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Catch you all later. Let’s Go Yankees!

  18. raymagnetic September 10th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    JoeyA,

    You can read all about it in the previous thread

  19. Tyler September 10th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Oppenheimer will get his chance I’m sure especially if this next wave of Yankees prospects (Brackman, Betances, Romine) make a big impact in the big leagues. Not sure how much Oppenheimer works with the international market but if he does that work he deserves big credit too. Personally I think Oppenheimer would be better off staying with the Yanks and passing on Arizona. Arizona just doesn’t seem like an attractive job to me but playing in the NL West is an advantage. Just look how long it took the Padres to go from last to first….

  20. have a cigar September 10th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    We choose to go to Scranton. We choose to go to Scranton in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

  21. m September 10th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Sad. I thought raymagnetic meant that’s where Yankee prospects were held until they were traded for cash considerations. :(

    Too bad those kids suffered unnecessarily.

  22. Joe from Long Island September 10th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Again, based on my trip last year, Scranton is a nice place for the Yankees to have their AAA team. It’s close, and the ballpark, though not great, is not bad at all for the minors. We had a great time there. And the locals are devoted to the team. They really depend, in large part, on the revenues generated by the team. It’s a win-win.

  23. Tom in N.J. September 10th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    “When you say he’s the No. 2 pitcher, you also have to say that he’s the leader of our pitching staff,” said C. C. Sabathia, the 19-game winner and unquestioned ace. “I mean that because of his longevity here, the way he’s pitched, his knowledge of the game. He’s the first person I talk to when something goes wrong. In every sense of the word, he’s definitely the leader and we’ve really missed him the last few weeks.”

    -CC on Andy Pettitte

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09.....ref=sports

  24. GreenBeret7 September 10th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    trenton leads 1-0 on Damon sublett’s solo homer. Banuelos after 2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.

    Igawa through 4.1 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts. No score in Scranton game


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