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The Syracuse Chiefs hosted a rare sellout during their game against Pawtucket at NBT Bank Stadium on Friday July 4, 2014. The team’s attendance was up 11.5 percent in 2017 over the previous season. Stephen D. Cannerelli | scannerelli@syracuse.com(Stephen D. Cannerelli)

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.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney plan to announce the agreement Tuesday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium, one source said.

 

 

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he Cubs promise the new premier clubs under construction at Wrigley Field will allow some fans to “experience the magic of Cubs baseball and Wrigley Field in a whole new way.”

Fans purchasing season tickets for the clubs will certainly have to dip into their pocketbooks in a whole new way.

Prices for the four new clubs — including the “American Airlines 1914 Club” that will open next season in the lower deck behind home plate —have been revealed, and fans will have to pony up to experience games in luxury.

The cost of 600-plus season tickets for the 1914 Club will range from $400-$695 per ticket per game—as much as $56,295 for the 2018 season. The price includes taxes, food, soft drinks, beer, wine and liquor. The most expensive tickets will be closest to the field and decrease in price the higher the row.

The clubs set to open in time for opening day 2019 are the “Maker’s Mark Barrel Room,” located just past the visitor’s dugout down the first-base line, where tickets will range from $395-$495 per game and include taxes, food, soft drinks, beer, wine and liquor; and the “W Club” near the left-field corner, with tickets ranging from $285-$375 per game and including the same food and beverage options sans liquor.

 

 

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A few years ago, the phrase “Too Many Homers” became a popular way to turn one’s nose up at a brand of winning baseball. Now, it’s become an even more common refrain. On Tuesday night, the Royals’ Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th home run of the 2017 season, breaking a record that had stood since 2000. While the long ball has been one of the biggest stories in the game this year, it’s fair to say that neither chicks nor dudes dig it as much as they did a couple decades ago.

Sure, it’s still a thrill when a player mashes a dramatic homer at a key moment, but in some ways, baseball’s biggest bang has become banal. Here’s a closer look at the phenomenon through a variety of prisms highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly of this homer-happy season.

Off-the-charts rates

In 2017, teams are averaging 1.26 home runs per game, surpassing the 2000 season’s 1.17 per game for the all time high. On a per-game basis, this year’s rate represents a 9.1% increase over last year (1.16 per game), a 24.8% increase over 2015 (1.01 per game) and a 46.5% increase over 2014 (0.86 per game, the lowest it had been since 1992). By season’s end, the 30 teams will combine to surpass 6,000 home runs for the first time.

 

 

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Projet Montréal Leader Valérie Plante says “not a penny” of public money will be spent on a new baseball stadium — unless Montrealers agree to it.

Plante said if elected, her party would hold a referendum on the issue during the next election, four years from now.

“We love baseball. We want a team in Montreal, but we’re not going to use Montrealers’ money without consulting them,” she said, standing in front of a novelty cheque for $500 million made out to MLB and “signed” by Denis Coderre.

Plante accused Coderre, who has been vocal about his plans to bring a Major League Baseball team back to Montreal, of negotiating with the league behind taxpayers’ backs.

The total cost to build a new stadium could easily be in the range of $500 million, if not more. It’s unclear what percentage of that cost would come from the public purse.

 

 

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A great-great grandniece of Harriet Tubman, Pauline Copes Johnson, was honored at the Cayuga County Legislature meeting Tuesday night. Legislator Tim Lattimore appears on her left, and to her right are Legislator Mike Didio and Chairman Keith Batman, respectively.

AUBURN — Cayuga Community College President Brian Durant found himself in front of county legislators for more than 20 minutes at the body’s full meeting Tuesday night with part of that time discussing the new endeavor of a baseball team.

The Auburn City Council approved a resolution last week approving two agreements to lease the fields at Falcon Park and Casey Park for the upcoming baseball team and the college’s current softball team. While Auburn Mayor Mike Quill called the agreements “a great partnership,” legislators did not seem so enthused.

Legislator Michael Didio asked Durant about whether the college was considering adding student housing, to which Durant said no. He added that he did not believe a team of 25 to 30 student athletes would be a factor.

 “Until we do some other work, we’re not ready,” Durant said.

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Fans watched a young girl being carried out of a seating area at Yankee Stadium after being hit by a foul line drive on Wednesday afternoon. CreditBill Kostroun/Associated Press

The Yankees easily completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday and bolstered their bid for a postseason berth, but all of that was overshadowed by an unsettling incident in the fifth inning, when a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier appeared to hit the face of a young girl who was seated directly behind the third-base dugout.

As players and fans grasped what had occurred, Yankee Stadium grew hushed and play was halted for several minutes. Frazier, the Yankees’ third baseman, knelt down, in clear distress. The Twins’ third baseman, Eduardo Escobar, stood still with both hands on his head. The Yankees’ third-base coach, Joe Espada, knelt, too, and held his helmet in his hands.

 

 

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice, will recount the attack and his grueling recovery Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

The network announced Wednesday that Scalise, 51, and his wife, Jennifer, will appear at 7:30 p.m. for his first interview since the June 14 attack.

“This Sunday, I’ll join @60Minutes to discuss my road to recovery since the attack on the baseball field in June. I hope you’ll tune in,” Scalise tweeted Wednesday.

He made his first public remarks since the shooting last week, saying he could not wait to return to his home state of Louisiana.

 

 

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MIAMI — The Marlins are Derek Jeter’s problem now.

Major league owners on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of the woebegone franchise by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman. The deal needed 75 percent approval.

A signed $1.2 billion agreement was submitted to Major League Baseball last month to sell the Marlins to a group led by Sherman, a venture capitalist who will be the controlling owner. Jeter, the former Yankees captain, plans to be a limited partner in charge of the business and baseball operations.

The closing on the sale is expected within a few days.

 

 

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The next step to the Macon baseball team’s debut next summer took place Wednesday at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame as the team unveiled its nickname: Macon Bacon.

The team also unveiled its logo and uniforms with a mascot coming soon.

“This is great. We’ve been looking forward to this for the last four or five months since we got here and got on the ground,” co-owner Steve DeLay said. “This is a big moment for us to now have a name and a brand, and the community has been hugely supportive, and we’re looking forward to taking off from here.”

In August, the team announced five finalists for its nickname: Macon Bacon, Macon Soul, Macon Hits, Macon Heat and Macon Noise.

 

 

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If you peaked inside the Indians’ locker room during the Indians’ incredible 22-game winning streak, there is no doubt you would have seen Terry Francona peeling away portions of clothing from a cardboard cutout of owner Larry Dolan in the clubhouse to motivate the team in a “Major League” style move.

Move magic was really the only way to describe what happened in the Rock and Roll Capital of the World – especially with their pitchers.

The Indians had seven shutouts during this incredible streak, which is more than 13 teams have for the entire season, including playoff teams like the Yankees, Cubs and Nationals. Heading into Friday, the staff had posted a 1.58 ERA over its previous 199 innings.

 

 

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