Originally Posted by giovanni sasso
frankie, if it was the reading phillies that were moving, i'd bet my salary that you'd be singing a different tune. there is loyalty in them there coal towns. they're only moving down the road to allentown, but it's still kinda sad for the wilkes-barre area. on the other hand, this could forge a better bond between the lehigh valley and philly area -- there doesn't seem to be much of one now, so if the phillies can be used as guinea pigs, they'll at least be put to good use for SOMEthing.
The situations of both teams are certainly different, such that it would be unlikely that the Reading Phillies are unlikely to move from the cash cow that is their current situtation. Craig Stein would be stupid to move from one of hte most reliable AA bases in the country, making dollar upon dollar. Scranton most certainly had a different situation for its AAA status, and would have needed more support from the governments around them, which is something I don't necessarily support anyway. So, moving is probably better, and we will probably hear within the year about the Orioles or Mets or somebody probably moving a team into Scranton. As mglan just said, minor league franchises are cash cows first, player development pods second, and teams third. If the first two aren't happening, changes are made. If/When that times comes, the Reading Phillies will be moved or turned over, but the current situation doesn't deem it so.
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