A new era of baseball will begin in Syracuse in 2019, leaving behind a nickname that has been associated with the sport in the city since 1934.
The New York Mets announced on Tuesday that the Syracuse Chiefs are becoming the Syracuse Mets. The Mets purchased the team last year and will put its Triple-A players on the field of NBT Bank Stadium starting next spring.
Slapping the Mets moniker on Syracuse in 2018 wouldn’t have been appropriate because it was the final season of the franchise’s player development contract with the Washington Nationals. The notion of Nationals prospects playing in uniforms with a Mets logo would have been awkward, to say the least.
The Mets had hoped that the change would be a surprise but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his 2018 State of the State addressthat Syracuse would be the Mets in 2019.
Josh Posnick, right, an OCC pitcher, and Connor Siskovic, an SU student, model the new Syracuse Mets uniforms pic.twitter.com/12vqazTqKf
— Tim Knauss (@TimKnauss) October 16, 2018