Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankess Will Play Home Games At Six Different Sites In '12
With a $40M renovation of PNC Field "forcing them out of their ballpark in 2012, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will spend much of next season playing their home games in Western New York," according to Mike Harrington of the BUFFALO NEWS. In conjunction with the Triple-A Int'l League, the Yankees on Friday "announced six sites for their home games." Establishing Western New York as its home base for the year, Scranton "will play 37 games at Frontier Field in Rochester," seven at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia and six at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo. The team also will play 10 "home" games in Syracuse, eight in Lehigh Valley and four in Pawtucket. The Yankees had "hoped to put the 72 'home' games at an independent league ballpark in Newark, N.J., but the New York Mets nixed that idea last week, citing territorial rights." Buffalo Bisons VP & GM Mike Buczkowski said that the Int'l League "is still finalizing details on how costs will be broken down for things such as umpires, hotels and baseballs that are normally provided by the 'home' team" (BUFFALO NEWS, 10/1). Rochester Red Wings GM Dan Mason said that the Scranton games in Rochester "will be run by the Wings staff, and Rochester Community Baseball will keep 100 percent of the profits." Red Wings CEO Naomi Silver said, "This is an opportunity to make some money. We'll at least break even. We wouldn't do it if we didn't feel fans would come out" (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 10/1).