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The Mets are dropping a minor league team

Dec 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets are dropping one of their minor league teams:

“For 2012, we will be conducting our three Rookie League teams in Kingsport, TN and out of our facility in the Dominican Republic and will not operate a team in the Gulf Coast League,” read a statement sent out by the organization.

As Carig notes, the Mets will still have more minor league teams than most organizations — 8 — so it’s not like this is going to really impact baseball operations. The operational costs of a GCL team are not huge. Not more than a million bucks and possibly considerably less.

One hopes that this is just an exercise in efficiency and not something that is financially compelling. Because if a million bucks is make-or-break, hoo-boy.

  1. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    I think it is “hoo boy” time for the Mets. Hoo boy!

  2. JBerardi - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    “As Carig notes, the Mets will still have more minor league teams than most organizations — 8 — so it’s not like this is going to really impact baseball operations. The operational costs of a GCL team are not huge. Not more than a million bucks and possibly considerably less.

    So basically they could run a few dozen of these teams for the cost of all the mediocre middle relievers they’ve signed this offseason. What an awful decision.

  3. Ralph - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    As Carig notes, the Mets will still have more minor league teams than most organizations — 8 — so it’s not like this is going to really impact baseball operations.

    Craig, I think the Mets will have 9 minor league teams this year…if you count the one that plays at Citi Field.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      I expected that one to be the minor-league team contracted.

  4. sknut - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    WIll a minor league team drop the Mets as their Major league team?

  5. crisisjunky - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Not just any team though, but the Mets have potential to be one of the truely great minor league teams in history, capable of dominating either The Pac. or Int. Leagues.

    • mcs7584 - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Now that’s some interleague play I’d be interested in watching!

  6. mcs7584 - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Reminds me of a line in a children’s book my kids checked out at the library recently called The Jungle Baseball Game. It was about a team of monkeys that got beat by a team of hippos.

    “Whacka Whacka hoo-boy, tie ‘em with a rope! Poor old monkeys didn’t have a hope!”

  7. tsi4431 - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    I thought it said,
    The Mets are dropping TO a minor league team. I was excited to see my team contend again.

  8. mojosmagic - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Well if you include the Mets they haven’t lost anything.

  9. Ted Spradlin - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Not sure if you read this one Craig – pretty good analysis from a potential minority shareholder of the Mets, who labeled it a horrible investment.

    http://metsonline.com/financial-industry-source-spend-on-season-tickets-treasury-bills-and-charity-auctions-not-4-of-the-mets#.TvTPIzVrNRp

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