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getonbckthr
05-12-2006, 04:59 PM
Why does it seem that most teams have their minor league squads some where near the big league franchise but the WSox don't? Also if the Sox chose to switch affiliates would we bring our talent to the new team or would we lose those players and acquire the players from the new affiliate? Thanks for the information.

mjmcend
05-12-2006, 05:12 PM
Why does it seem that most teams have their minor league squads some where near the big league franchise but the WSox don't? Also if the Sox chose to switch affiliates would we bring our talent to the new team or would we lose those players and acquire the players from the new affiliate? Thanks for the information.

Your first question was answered in this topic:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=70686

As for your second question, think about it. Of course you keep the talent that you have drafted and developed. Otherwise what would stop a team with little minor league talent like the Yankees from buying out a minor league franchise loaded with talent like the Angels.

getonbckthr
05-12-2006, 05:15 PM
As for your second question, think about it. Of course you keep the talent that you have drafted and developed. Otherwise what would stop a team with little minor league talent like the Yankees from buying out a minor league franchise loaded with talent like the Angels.
I meant they switched to an independant affiliate. Would the independant players then switch to the old affiliate like a trade?

Daver
05-12-2006, 06:45 PM
I meant they switched to an independant affiliate. Would the independant players then switch to the old affiliate like a trade?

There is no such thing as a big league club having a minor league team that is an idependent, or part of an indepedant league.

All minor league player salaries are paid by the major league team, therefore they keep their own players should they or their minor league affiliate choose to end their affiliation, which came close to happening to the Sox two years ago when Charlotte hesitated to renew their contract.

caulfield12
05-13-2006, 07:06 PM
Im not 100% sure, some of the Pioneer League teams might have been part independent, part affiliated about 10 years ago.

The normal reason for a franchise or affiliation change is...

1) New ownership of the minor league franchise, and the owners have a particular affinity for a childhood favorite, like the Red Sox. This happened in Augusta (GA) when the owner of the GreenJackets (Bill Scripps) sold to a couple of Red Sox fanatics in the late 90s.

2) The major league team dumps the franchise due to poor field-playing service, facilities, clubhouse, attendance, etc.

3) Franchise looks for a new partner when the major league team provides consistently inferior talent and below .500 teams, as apparently was one of the issues in Charlotte. Minor league baseball is mostly about promotions, but it can probably bump you up 25% in attendance with a winning or championship team....I would say the MLB teams get a much bigger bump. The same protection on the downside, but it is a factor.