Staten Island Yankees learned of removal as Yanks affiliate via social media

Scott Thompson
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A general view of Yankee Stadium from the outfield
A general view of Yankee Stadium from the outfield

The Yankees announced that the Staten Island Yankees will no longer have any affiliation to the team as part of Minor League Baseball team cuts. 

In an official statement from the team, the Staten Island Yankees said they didn't even know about the departure from the organization until seeing the social media post.

"The Staten Island Yankees made every effort to accommodate MLB and New York Yankees requirements, including securing a commitment from New York City for ballpark upgrades," the statement read. "However, MLB and the Yankees chose not to engage in any discussions with us. We were unaware of the final decision and learned about it by reading the statement on Yankees social media."

The Yankees addressed the situation in their own statement, saying Staten Island didn't even them confidence to transition to a full Single-A season. 

"The Yankees carefully considered hosting their High Single-A affiliate in Staten Island. However, as the number of our minor league affiliates have been limited, we did not have the confidence that the organization could continue to allow us to develop our players in the best possible way..."

The Yankees, instead, decided to partner with the Hudson Valley Renegades as their Class "A" Advanced Team. They also moved their Double-A operation to Somerset, NJ, leaving Trenton behind after 18 years. 

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will remain the same, while the team's Tampa affiliate will be consider Low Single-A.