Minors

Reds High A = homeless

It was announced yesterday that the Braves had signed 4 year deal with Lynchburg (after losing their affiliation with Myrtle Beach to the Rangers), which leaves the Reds in a quandary for their High-A squad for next season and beyond.

According to the article:

Only five high-A affiliates will change hands this season, with Lynchburg being one of them. Since Texas is likely moving into Myrtle Beach, that left the Braves with no choices if they wanted to stay in the Carolina League. The only other openings were in the California League — in Rancho Cucamonga, at Inland Empire and in Bakersfield, the Rangers’ former high-A home.

This seemingly sends the Reds High A kids back to the West Coast, where their High A team was in ’01 & ’02 (before moving to Potomac for two years, then to Sarasota in the FSL until this season).

An article from Ballpark Digest states:

The loss leaves the Reds in the lurch. There are only three High Class A teams left on the block, and they’re all in the Cal League: the Bakersfield Blaze, the Inland Empire 66ers and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. We’re told the Los Angeles Dodgers will be buying into the Quakes and switching affiliations. If so, then it will be down to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Reds to fight over the 66ers and the Blaze. We’d be amazed if the 66ers didn’t end up with the Angels; that would leave the Reds with the Blaze.

I miss the days of being able to see the Reds High A team while on vacation in Sarasota.

14 thoughts on “Reds High A = homeless

  1. Why didn’t the Reds extend the deal with whom they were with? Who dropped the ball on this one?

  2. The team they were with didn’t want the Reds because they went from league champs to terrible when the Reds came through.

    As for the high A team, its all but a lock that they will wind up in Bakersfield. And that sucks three fold. First off, the California League sucks because of what it does to both pitchers and hitters stat lines. Secondly, I don’t get to see them play next year. And thirdly, Bakersfield isn’t up to par for minor league play. The facilities are an absolute disgrace.

  3. When I saw that the Braves signed on with Lynchburg, I got my hopes up. I go to Myrtle Beach for vacation regularly, and I was really hoping that the Reds were going to end up there before I learned about the Rangers’ deal. So disappointing!!!

  4. I was disappointed to hear they were out of Lynchburg. Too bad I didn’t get the chance to make it there this year.

  5. @dn4192: I know. There are a lot of Braves fans in Richmond. I’m not sure if it’s the same in Lynchburg or not though. That could be part of the reason too.

  6. The Reds really need to figure out a way to get the Lexington Legends as an affiliate. The West Virginia Power wouldn’t be a bad affiliate location either. It has been shown that affiliates closer to their parent-club do much better than if they are displaced across the country.

    On the flip-side, it is nice to have a west-coast option of viewing the Reds’ talent. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Reds continually ‘packing up shop’ and moving to the cheapest option on the table.

    • The Reds really need to figure out a way to get the Lexington Legends as an affiliate.The West Virginia Power wouldn’t be a bad affiliate location either.It has been shown that affiliates closer to their parent-club do much better than if they are displaced across the country.On the flip-side, it is nice to have a west-coast option of viewing the Reds’ talent.Although, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Reds continually ‘packing up shop’ and moving to the cheapest option on the table.

      The Reds aren’t going to do any better at that level than Dayton…

  7. @dn4192: It probably didn’t help that Dayton was terrible this year and that is likely the team that they will be getting. Its a business and bad teams don’t often put butts in the seats.

  8. Unfortunately, Virginia has pretty much been Braves and O’s territory for awhile. I am sorry to hear that the Reds lost Lynchburg! I enjoyed going there to seeing a game early in the season and giving Doug & Chad updates about the team and the park. I guess my minor league travels to see the Reds minor league affiliates will be mostly to Zebulon next year? Interesting park and really good stadium food.

  9. Maybe they go to Richmond and replace the Giants and take on the mantle of the Flying Squirrels? What a horrible mascot/nickname for that team?

  10. @Doug Gray:

    How many minor league fans go to teh game due to the teams record? Here in Indy they have been bad for a number of seasons yet continue to post some of the top attendance number in AAA baseball.

  11. Well, now I’m not near as sad about the Salem, VA teams gift shop not having any Lynchburg Hillcats caps when I was there to see a game over labor day weekend.

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