The Yankees’ decision to reorganize their minor league system was met with anger from another former affiliate on Monday.
After Trenton Thunder owner Joseph Plumeri said the Yankees “betrayed” the organization by ending their relationship with the Double-A franchise over the weekend, Will Smith, owner of the Staten Island Yankees, said the Yankees severing ties with the team that had been a Single-A affiliate was “unacceptable” in a statement released Monday.
“After careful consideration of locations in New York City, our ballpark was approved by the New York Yankees and built in St. George, Staten Island by the City of New York,” Smith said in a statement. “It was planned and agreed-to in 1999 for the express purpose of hosting New York Yankees professional Minor League Baseball. We are shocked at the developments from this past weekend, and we believe what has happened to our organization is unacceptable.”
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