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Schumer statement on Mets

New York Senator Charles Schumer isn't bound to the no-comment rules of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. He openly talked last week at the State Fair about the Mets going to Syracuse and today he's issued this statement, now including Buffalo on the Mets' wish list as well.

Schumer's statement:

“I spoke with Jeff Wilpon, who is in charge of the Mets’ relationship with farm teams, and there is good news here. It is virtually certain that the Mets will not renew their relationship with their farm team in New Orleans, and there is over a 90 percent chance that they will affiliate with a New York State team, which would be a huge win for Upstate New York.

"The competition is between two great cities -- Syracuse and Buffalo -- and franchises in both cities must make their best case to Mets management over the coming days and weeks.”

For their part, Toronto Blue Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi acknowledged his team is interested in Dunn Tire Park. "It would be ideal for us," was his brief comment in today's National Post.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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