Chances of Ottawa “Blue Jays” in 2013 are good

Could we see the Ottawa Blue Jays take the field in 2013?

The possibility of a professional baseball team returning to Canada’s capital for the 2013 season seems greater-and-greater these days, according to a report in the Ottawa Citizen the ownership group Beacon Sports Capital Partners is set to purchase the Eastern League’s (AA) Binghamton Mets and relocate them to Ottawa after the season.

It’s been over five years since the capital of Canada has played host to a professional baseball team, the Ottawa Lynx were a Triple-A affiliate of several teams, most recently the Philadelphia Phillies, before they relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania following the 2007 season.

The Ottawa Lynx (1993-2007), Ottawa's previous affiliated Minor League club

The Toronto Blue Jays, who have made no secret of their desire to be Canada’s Team in recent years with their recent affiliation with Canada’s only current Minor League franchise in Vancouver and their nation-wide caravans, will need to find a new Double-A affiliate once the 2012 season concludes. The current Blue Jays affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, are reportedly ready to move on to another team. While the affiliation agreement between the Binghamton Mets and the New York Mets also expires after this season setting up a perfect swap of affiliations; Toronto partners up with Binghamton/Ottawa, New York goes with New Hampshire.

Ottawa Stadium, during an Ottawa Lynx game in September 2007

Ottawa city staff are already working on getting $5.7 million in renovations done to the 20-year-old Ottawa Stadium in time for the arrival of a future Minor League franchise.

While the City of Ottawa prepares to welcome the return of baseball to their city, Binghamton is losing their Mets, who have played in Binghamton since the 1992 season. Several future Major League All-Stars passed through Binghamton on their way to the big leagues, Jason Bay, David Wright, and Scott Kazmir to name a few.

The Binghamton Mets, relocation to Ottawa in 2013 looks likely

The Ottawa Citizen report also mentions that Binghamton wouldn’t be without baseball for long as the Single-A Batavia Muckdogs are expected to be purchased by the current Binghamton Mets owners and relocated in time for 2013.

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11 Responses to Chances of Ottawa “Blue Jays” in 2013 are good

  1. Burmy says:

    Only one problem…since New Hampshire (and all of New England) is part of Red Sox Nation, a special deal was made with the Fisher Cats which prevented them from ever becoming the affiliate for any New York team.

  2. @Burmy, Good point, the Mets will have to partner up with someone else at the AA level, I’m sure that won’t be an issue

  3. Kris says:

    Is that the team’s official logo or did you just make that Chris?

  4. @Kris, The team doesn’t exist yet, I threw a hypothetical logo together

  5. LIVEfrom718 says:

    Doesn’t look like the Mets have too many options then. New Britian, CT might be an option? Also, there’s a Can-Am league team in Rockland County, NY called the Rockland Boulders. They’ve built a GORGEOUS stadium and it was built to hold a MLB affiliated team.

  6. Jake says:

    What about Vancouver? We are still only trapped at short season single A, but I’d love to see the Vancouver Canadians move up at least to double A, cause when the Nat was sold out in the NWL finals last year, it was a wonderful moment!

  7. Aaron says:

    Maybe the Ottawa Lynx nameplate should return.

  8. Ed says:

    There are a LOT of problems with this story – the B-Mets have angrily denied the claim, stating that no contact has even been made regarding any interest in buying the club. Batavia is similar – not even a hint of a sale or move. Sounds like a like of wishful thinking –

  9. Patrice says:

    I know the Toronto Blue Jays went at Quebec City for a children camp and they said: “Quebec City is a good place for the baseball.” and take the Quebec Capitales for example.

    What do you think about that?

  10. JJHoser says:

    This post scared me! I thought Toronto was moving! thank god I was wrong. It already is bad enough they went back to their old awful uniforms from the sweet black silver and blue.

  11. b says:

    nice created logo

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