That sound you hear is hearts breaking in Ottawa…
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Toronto Blue Jays today announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC)
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) May 23, 2012
Or perhaps it’s actually the sound of money being flushed down the toilet. John Lott of the National Post explains that ”City council has approved $5.7-million in renovations to Ottawa Stadium, former home of the Lynx, a Triple-A team. A community group campaigned to bring the Jays to town and recruited 3,102 season-ticket deposits for next season, even though the nation’s capital still has no team.”
He adds that the nation’s capital may still land a Double-A team, but without a Blue Jays affiliation, it’s hard to imagine it being anything close to the kind of success it could have been as the Jays’ affiliate.
One might think that the group trying to bring Jays-related baseball there could turn their attention to the Triple-A International League, which could be home to the Jays farm club in 2013, as their PDC with Las Vegas expires after this season, but I think that horse may have already left the barn. Even if Ottawa could upgrade their facilities to Triple-A calibre, rumor has it– as Lott also passes along– that the Jays are going to try and get into Buffalo, as the Bisons’ deal with the Mets expires after this season as well. Of course, that’s where they wanted to end up when they left Syracuse, too, and that didn’t exactly go as planned…
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