25 September 2006

SCRANTON: YANKS ARE AAA-OK!


The Columbus Baseball Team, Inc. board of trustees voted in special session Wednesday to sign a two year Player Development Contract with the Washington Nationals for the Franklin County owned Columbus Clippers, Triple-A ballclub.

Meanwhile....

SCRANTON - With one announcement on Thursday, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons once again became the hottest ticket in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

When Lackawanna County Commissioner Robert Cordaro made it official that the New York Yankees will move its Triple-A team to the area from Columbus, Ohio, the phones at Lackawanna County Stadium were jammed like the Cross Bronx Expressway at rush hour, with callers hoping to land tickets to see future Yankee stars in action.

They might not have to wait more than a few months. Phillip Hughes, arguably the hottest pitching prospect in all of baseball, could very well be the opening day starter against Norfolk on April 5 in Moosic.

"The phones have been ringing like crazy," said Red Barons Public Relations Director Mike Cummings. "In one two-hour period (Thursday morning), we received over 5,000 incoming phone calls. We're averaging over 50 calls a minute."

Ticket orders were coming in so fast that it was impossible to keep track of the entire volume, Cummings said. However, he acknowledged there's a strong possibility the 11,000-plus seat Lackawanna County Stadium might soon be sold out for the 2007 season.

It is not yet known whether the Yankees will keep the Red Barons name for the Triple-A team.

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