The Syracuse Chiefs of the International League are the Triple-A farm club of the Washington Nationals. They are owned by, um, the New York Mets.
The New York Mets have reached an agreement to buy the Syracuse Chiefs and make the International League baseball team its top minor league affiliate, according to two sources briefed about the deal. Under terms of the agreement, the Mets will acquire ownership of the Triple-A Chiefs from the Community Baseball Club of Central New York Inc., and continue to play its games at NBT Bank Stadium starting in 2019, the sources said.
The Mets would own and operate the Syracuse Chiefs, the sources said, bringing in the resources necessary to build a franchise that struggled in recent years with its finances. The deal would end almost six decades of community ownership of the Syracuse Chiefs, dating back to 1961, and cut off the team’s nine-year affiliation with the World Series-contending Washington Nationals.
The Mets’ current Triple-A affiliate is the Las Vegas 51s (!) of the Pacific Coast League, which will be getting a new affiliation, a new stadium — and likely a new name — next season.
But that’s not what I came to tell you about. This is:
The anthropomorphic device is named "Chuck," in honor of device inventor Charles F. Brannock. pic.twitter.com/JK9D4KQl9b
— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) May 3, 2018
Brannock came up with the gizmo in a Syracuse shoe store in 1925, when he was a mere lad of twenty-two; the current version dates to 1927.
(Via Peter J. Rudy, who suggests “Shopping Carts” or “Parking Meters” for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.)