NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) – When the Yankees‘ minor league team in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, needed a temporary home, Riverfront Stadium in Newark seemed a perfect fit.

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But, under the rules of the game, the Mets, being the other local big league team, have a say.

Reportedly, they’ve said no.

Mansor Islam works at a deli near the stadium. He thinks, outside of some college games, crowds for the ballpark are shrinking.

“Before it used to be a lot more,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane. “Like 3,000 or 4,000 used to be there. It was a lot more crowded.”

Mayor Cory Booker has tweeted, saying “I’m not happy about this.”

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees even offered the Mets an “evergreen matching proposal.” Meaning, the Amazin’s would have the Yankees’ blessing for a similar, temporary move at any time in the future.

It reportedly wasn’t enough.

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