The New York-Penn League has reached an agreement with the city of Norwich to relocate one ifs 14 teams there, and will announce which club is coming to town at a press conference on Friday.
NYPL president Ben Hayes has issued a gag order to all league and team officials, so there has been no confirmation about which team will relocate. There has been speculation that Oneonta will be the team on the move. The Tigers were sold by Sam Nader in 2008 to Miles Prentice (who also owns the Double-A Midland Rockhounds). Part of the deal included Prentice agreeing to keep the team in Oneonta through the 2010 season.
"Part of the contract was they would honor the current contract with the city," Nader told the Oneonta Daily Star. "They would be here through 2010 . . . "It would be a lack of honesty (if he left). But who knows? I still say they are good people. My experience was always very good."
Oneonta drew a league-worst 23,521 fans in 24 openings last season. Just ahead of the Tigers was the Batavia Muckdogs, which drew 35,620 in 37 openings. The Muckdogs are entering their third season of being operated by Triple-A neighbor Rochester. At December's Witner Meetings, before the announcement of the NYPL move, Rochester president Naomi Silver said that they will continue operating the Muckdogs in 2010.
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