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.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

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.

What do you think about this territorial battle? Sound off in the comments section below!

Comments (6)
  1. What is a met or is it mutt says:

    Wait are the mets still in new york.Wow have not seen or heard of them in years
    Bad business is a norm for the mutts.

  2. James says:

    The Mets is so bad that they even worry about a triple A team in their back yard. The Wilpon are lousy managers and desrves to go bankrupt.

  3. Mets Fan says:

    As a Mets fan I love the team and hate the business decisions of the management. The only way we are really going to come back is if they sell the team and change the whole front office.

  4. Ken says:

    it is all about money. The Mets keep losing it because they can not put a product out that is worth your dollar. Triple A baseball team would be great for the fan who is priced out, even if it is for a year. Again the Mets have given them selves a black eye. Also if you are a baseball history fan Newark was a farm system for the Yankees. Good going Mets no wounder you stink. CARMA!

  5. Ian says:

    I think I know what happened here. It’s bad enough the Yankees own NY, but having another Yankees team, even a minor league team in NJ will take away those few Mets fans from the NJ area.

  6. Mike Giaccone says:

    the mutts opps i mean the mets are jeluos about how much the yankees are followed and are scared ltle kids. lets go yankes

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