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Old 09-02-2009, 06:49 PM
thechico thechico is offline
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Default Minor League Affiliates

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.

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