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ClaudelSleptHere
07-28-2004, 03:14 AM
A story in Monday's Indianapolis Star mentioned the possibility of the White Sox changing their AAA affiliation from Charlotte to Indianapolis next season. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

http://www.indystar.com/articles/5/165618-5065-036.html

thepaulbowski
07-28-2004, 07:09 AM
A story in Monday's Indianapolis Star mentioned the possibility of the White Sox changing their AAA affiliation from Charlotte to Indianapolis next season. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

http://www.indystar.com/articles/5/165618-5065-036.html
I haven't heard anything on this, but that would seem to make sense logistically and fan base wise.

Clembasbal
07-28-2004, 07:12 AM
This would be very wise. It would create a fan base in an area just about three hours away. THis would rank up there in smart decisions, like the Iowa Cubs and Pawtucket Red Sox. Keeping a AAA team close by home would only increase the amount of fans.

rdivaldi
07-28-2004, 10:20 AM
This would be very wise. It would create a fan base in an area just about three hours away. THis would rank up there in smart decisions, like the Iowa Cubs and Pawtucket Red Sox. Keeping a AAA team close by home would only increase the amount of fans.
I fully agree that this would be a smart move in regards to bringing more Sox fans closer to Chicago. However, what about the existing Indianapolis AAA franchise? Are they moving as well?

MisterB
07-28-2004, 10:28 AM
I fully agree that this would be a smart move in regards to bringing more Sox fans closer to Chicago. However, what about the existing Indianapolis AAA franchise? Are they moving as well?
The franchise doesn't actually move, they just change what Ml club they're affiliated with. For example the Charlotte Knights were the Indians AAA team before they switched affiliations to the Sox, who had their AAA team in Nashville.

deady43
07-28-2004, 10:31 AM
If the SOX move the AAA to Indy it will be like in the 60's & early 70's when they were the team. I moved to Indy in 1963 totally bummed that I was that far away from the team but got to see players like Walt Williams and Ken Berry who played for the Indy Indianas.

Come to think about it a lot of players came through Indy back then, maybe we can do it again

Win1ForMe
07-28-2004, 10:45 AM
The franchise doesn't actually move, they just change what Ml club they're affiliated with. For example the Charlotte Knights were the Indians AAA team before they switched affiliations to the Sox, who had their AAA team in Nashville.So what happens to the players on the AAA club? If the franchise does not move and only switches ML affiliations would they then receive different players from their new ML affiliate? Sorry if this a stupid question.

rdivaldi
07-28-2004, 10:58 AM
So what happens to the players on the AAA club? If the franchise does not move and only switches ML affiliations would they then receive different players from their new ML affiliate? Sorry if this a stupid question.
That's a legit question. But no, the players would move with the team...

Randar68
07-28-2004, 12:20 PM
A story in Monday's Indianapolis Star mentioned the possibility of the White Sox changing their AAA affiliation from Charlotte to Indianapolis next season. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

http://www.indystar.com/articles/5/165618-5065-036.html
Possible? Yes. Negotiating ploy? Probably.

The Sox really like having their clubs consolidated in that NC/VA area, where Bristol, Kanny, W-S, and Charlotte are all so close. It makes things easier for their scouts, instructors, etc. and makes movement/travel logistics easier.

BigEdWalsh
07-28-2004, 01:12 PM
Possible? Yes. Negotiating ploy? Probably.

The Sox really like having their clubs consolidated in that NC/VA area, where Bristol, Kanny, W-S, and Charlotte are all so close. It makes things easier for their scouts, instructors, etc. and makes movement/travel logistics easier.
Screw the scouts and instructors! What about us fans?
Seriously, it would be great for the fan base if they were to move to Indianapolis. Here's hoping they do it.:gulp:
:army

he_gone_89
07-28-2004, 11:02 PM
too bad they aren't looking towards kane county

DrCrawdad
07-28-2004, 11:14 PM
too bad they aren't looking towards kane county

http://www.topprospectalert.com/azfall/images/chisox1.jpg

That doesn't look like Kenny Williams to me.

ClaudelSleptHere
07-29-2004, 12:35 AM
http://www.topprospectalert.com/azfall/images/chisox1.jpg

That doesn't look like Kenny Williams to me.
I'm pretty sure it's Mike Singletary.........."I like this kinda party!!!"

fsphog
07-29-2004, 12:41 AM
more than likely this wont happen - the gm of the indianapolis indians has been known to say that the white sox wont have a aaa team in indy as long as dave wilder is the head of the minor leagues.

Chisoxfn
07-29-2004, 03:11 AM
more than likely this wont happen - the gm of the indianapolis indians has been known to say that the white sox wont have a aaa team in indy as long as dave wilder is the head of the minor leagues. Why is that???

Rex Hudler
07-29-2004, 12:52 PM
too bad they aren't looking towards kane county
Kane County is not a AAA team/market. It is not an option.

Rex Hudler
07-29-2004, 12:57 PM
Possible? Yes. Negotiating plo y? Probably.

The Sox really like having their clubs consolidated in that NC/VA area, where Bristol, Kanny, W-S, and Charlotte are all so close. It makes things easier for their scouts, instructors, etc. and makes movement/travel logistics easier.I think we are talking more about the possibility of the Knights no longer wanting the Sox in Charlotte, versus the Sox not wanting to be there. There is a good possibility that Charlotte will choose to go a different direction, as Nashville did several years ago.

Today 12:41 AMfsphogmore than likely this wont happen - the gm of the indianapolis indians has been known to say that the white sox wont have a aaa team in indy as long as dave wilder is the head of the minor leagues.Why is that???My best guess is that if Indianapolis is wanting to split from the Brewers, then they wouldn't want to sign with the Sox if Wilder is in charge of the farm system. Wilder was the Brewers Director of Player Development the last three years in Milwaukee. If Indy isn't happy with the Brewers, why re-align yourself with the guy that ran the system you aren't happy with?

maurice
07-29-2004, 01:59 PM
For those who expressed interest in travelling to Indy to watch the Sox AAA team play, be advised that Charlotte plays several games in Indy every season, including a set next weekend.

dividedsk717
07-29-2004, 02:22 PM
The rumor of the Sox farm team moving to Indy has been speculated around Indianapolis since last year. The Indians never were really pleased to have assoiciation with the Brewers. Indications are that the Indians would try to get affiliation with the Sox because they're the best availble partner out there (and one of the only).

An affiliation with the Sox would be great here in Indy - die hards from Chicago could easily travel to see a game, while Sox fans like myself who are trapped in this Cub-loving city could actually do something Sox related in Indy.

Victory Field is an amazing ballpark, and the prices are very affordable. Night games in the summertime with the Indy skyline in right center field are great.

:hawk Sox AAA team in Indy? .... Yes! :bandance:

Bryan

PaleHoseGeorge
07-29-2004, 06:52 PM
The rumor of the Sox farm team moving to Indy has been speculated around Indianapolis since last year. The Indians never were really pleased to have assoiciation with the Brewers. Indications are that the Indians would try to get affiliation with the Sox because they're the best availble partner out there (and one of the only).

An affiliation with the Sox would be great here in Indy - die hards from Chicago could easily travel to see a game, while Sox fans like myself who are trapped in this Cub-loving city could actually do something Sox related in Indy.

Victory Field is an amazing ballpark, and the prices are very affordable. Night games in the summertime with the Indy skyline in right center field are great.

Bryan
The Sox had their AAA team in Indianapolis for years. They never should have left. Next to metro Chicago, Indiana is populated with more Sox Fans than any other state. Not even downstate Illinois has as many Sox Fans as Indiana, with all those frontrunners from central Illinois that only choose allegiance to either the Flubs or Cards. Screw 'em, they don't know what they're missing.

Frankly the Sox should never have lost their South Bend single-A affiliation either, but this is the Sox we're talking about here so nobody can be too surprised.

doublem23
07-29-2004, 06:57 PM
The Sox had their AAA team in Indianapolis for years. They never should have left. Next to metro Chicago, Indiana is populated with more Sox Fans than any other state.
OT post here, but...

Great post, George. Spoken like a true Chicagoan, considering it its own state. :wink:

PaleHoseGeorge
07-29-2004, 07:04 PM
OT post here, but...

Great post, George. Spoken like a true Chicagoan, considering it its own state. :wink:
In matters of baseball allegiance, metro Chicago might as well be a separate state from the rest of Illinois. Not including those who lived part of their life around Chicago, you can practically count on your fingers and toes all the Sox Fans who were raised and still live in downstate Illinois.

:)

doublem23
07-29-2004, 07:10 PM
In matters of baseball allegiance, metro Chicago might as well be a separate state from the rest of Illinois. Not including those who lived part of their life around Chicago, you can practically count on your fingers and toes all the Sox Fans who were raised and still live in downstate Illinois.

:)You don't need to tell me, I spend my winters in Peoria. I would roughly say the city's demographics are 48% Cub fans, 48% Cardinal fans, 4% other, with a chance of error being about +/- 4%.

dividedsk717
07-29-2004, 09:45 PM
The Sox had their AAA team in Indianapolis for years. They never should have left. Next to metro Chicago, Indiana is populated with more Sox Fans than any other state. Not even downstate Illinois has as many Sox Fans as IndianaMust've been nice! I guess I'm showing my age now. :D: The demographics seem to have changed to Flubs first, Reds second and Sox third. I actually won someone a bet at the United States Grand Prix this year - he said no one would wear a Sox hat at the race besides himself ... I did, and he won (we were the only two we saw).

FWIW, today ESPN 950 in Indianapolis speculated that the Indians desperately want out of the affiliation with the Brewers (I missed the interview, but the owner of the Indians basically said it in a few more politically correct terms). Will Carroll from Baseball Prospectus commented that the Expos would be a great fit if they moved to DC, but did not comment on other possibilities.

Rex Hudler
07-29-2004, 11:22 PM
It would just surprise me for the Schumacher's to re-align themselves with Dave Wilder if they are so down on the Brewers. It doesn't seem to fit.