SWB Yanks will play 2012 home games in six locations

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Via Danny Wild, the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will play their 2012 home games in six different locations: Rochester (37 games), Syracuse (ten), Lehigh Valley (eight), Batavia (seven), Buffalo (six), and Pawtucket (four). All those cities already house an International League franchise except for Batavia, which is home to an NY-Penn League affiliate. There’s only one way to describe this: absolutely brutal.

“We appreciate the support of the clubs who will host our 2012 game, and are looking forward with great anticipation to returning to Scranton Wilkes-Barre for the 2013 season,” said Brian Cashman. The SWB Yanks have to play on the road next year because PNC Field is undergoing major renovations, and a deal to play in Newark fell through because the Mets are jerks invoked territorial rights. You have to feel for guys like Austin Romine, Manny Banuelos, and Dellin Betances; they basically won’t have a home park next year. Also have to wonder if the Yanks will have trouble signing free agents to minor league deals given the stadium situation in Triple-A.

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  • Troll Killer

    In Pawtucket??? Really?? In front of Red Sux fans?? That’s like the Yankees playing at Fenway as the HOME team.

  • 28 this year

    Thats a whole lot of extra travel. Gotta be even tougher on players not having even a steady home apartment.

    • Heisenberg

      Have they realeased the schedule yet? I wonder if they have any back to back series with these teams so they can just switch dugouts.

    • CP

      On the flip side, they’ll probably get hotel rooms every night of the season, so they won’t need to spend their minuscule paychecks on rent.

      • KeithK

        Probably not. The article makes it sound like the team will be based out of Rochester. Batavia is something like 30 mins from Rochester and Syracuse is an hour, so it’s almost like having 54 home games in the same market. I bet the players get housing in Rochester.

      • Plank

        Minor leaguers make much less than major leaguers obviously, but AAA players make a livable wage not like the guys in the low minors.

    • Urban

      That was my first thought. How do these kids get, and afford, housing in multiple cities?

      If as someone else noted that about 50-something of these games are in parks within in 30 minutes of each other, then that makes it easier to secure homes. For the other games, I’m guessing the Yankee organization will have to provide hotel space as they do when traveling on the road.

  • Troll Killer

    I still think the Scranton Yanks should have played at Staten Island. Much closer to the show and the Baby Bombers only play during the summer.

    • Jon G


    • KeithK

      That’s a great idea. Too bad the Mets didn’t agree.

  • Rick in Boston

    I feel bad for the Rochester front office employees, who will have to shoulder the brunt of the work. That’s 37 extra games to sell and 37 extra games to work. When you’re making as little as some of those guys do, it’s going to be a long summer.

    • pat

      More work = More Money.

      • bk

        Lol not for everyone

  • KeithK

    Amazing to see Batavia on the list. The Muckdogs only drew just over a thousand customers per game last season and Dwyer Stadium only seats 2000 according to Wikipedia. But the team is currently being run by the Rochester Red Wings ownership while they look to sell the franchise. So the RW ownership probably offered Batavia as an option on some days when Frontier Field and other AAA facilities weren’t available.

    If nothing else it’s a good reason to visit yet another NYP ballpark.

    A tough row to hoe for the AAA Yankees next year.

    • johnnybk

      That park is a total dump. We played there in high school a couple times a year(I hit couple out of there) and seriously it was barely adequate for two small town high school teams. Probably good for autographs and stuff though.

  • Chris

    Selfishly this is good news for me. I live 20 minutes from Pawtucket. Can’t wait to see some rehabbing major leaguers, some scrap heapers and actual pitching prospects!

  • TC

    As someone who lives in Rochester, this is the greatest news I have gotten in a long time. Cannot wait. May have to get “season” tix.