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thechico
09-02-2009, 05:49 PM
Mod: I thought this *might* belong in the minor league board, but put it here to be safe.

I live in a place where we get TV stations (via cable) from both Chicago and Peoria. Even though the Peoria Chiefs are just single A, they get a lot of attention (and likely attendance) because their major league affiliate is just a 3-4 hour drive away. It was big news when Big Z came down for rehab, as well as a couple of others.
So, I wonder if anyone from Chicago made a trip especially to Great Falls, Charlotte, or to any of our other affiliates just to watch our affiliated team? Right now, most of our affiliates are way more than a day trip away.
This got me to thinking: would the White Sox organization be better served having their affiliates closer to home? Fans near the affiliates may become fans of the major league team. Fans of the major league team would be better able to see their "team of the future" first-hand.
Thoughts?

jcw218
09-03-2009, 12:53 AM
For a while the White Sox did have an A-ball team in South Bend.

IMO, part of the reason that the majority of the minor league teams are in the South (Carolina, Alabama) are the minor league roving instructors. Having the teams close to each other helps to cut down travel costs.

g0g0
09-03-2009, 07:35 AM
I used to watch the Silver Hawks in South Bend growing up, but now try to catch Charlotte when they come into Indy.

Hitmen77
09-04-2009, 10:28 AM
I wish the Sox had an affiliate in the Midwest League again. I'd love to be able to go see our prospects play when that team visits the Kane County Cougars!

goofymsfan
09-04-2009, 09:03 PM
I attempted to go see a Great Falls Voyagers/Helena Brewers game (Pioneer league) on Monday when I was home visiting family, however mother nature had other plans as she forced a suspension of the game after the first inning with lightening.