Thursday, November 19, 2020 – Earlier this week, we shared that Major League Baseball is in the final stages of making changes to various Minor League affiliations; one team that is now getting a new Triple A affiliate is the Washington Nationals.
Announced this morning via Tweet and in an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Rochester Red Wings will become the Washington Nationals Triple-A team. With the Triple-A team moving to Rochester, New York, this will eliminate a major headache the team had to deal with having their Triple-A team across the country.
With Rochester’s ballpark over 2,000 miles closer to Nats park than Fresno’s was, Washington should be able to call-up and send down players with relative ease.
Justin Murphy and Sean Lahman from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that New York’s Senior Senator Chuck Schumer announced the affiliation Thursday morning, saying he had spoken directly with Nationals owner Mark Lerner. “For Spikes, Mittsy, Milo, and all members of the Red Wing’s world-class organization, especially Naomi Silver and Dan Mason, I’m excited we can add the next great chapter of Red Wings baseball to our’ things to be thankful for’ list this Thanksgiving,” he said.
In a press release issued by the Rochester Red Wings, President/CEO/COO Naomi Silver stated that “We are thrilled to announce our new affiliation with the Washington Nationals. With having had only three previous Major League affiliates, this represents an historic change for the Red Wings. I think our fans will enjoy the geographic closeness of the two cities, making it easy to follow their favorite players to the Big Leagues, and it’s exciting to have this new relationship with the team from the Nation’s Capital. Even more so, this is a fine organization with great ownership and baseball operations people, and we are looking forward to working with them as we move on to the next chapter in Red Wings history. We want to thank Senator Chuck Schumer for his advocacy of the Red Wings in helping to secure this affiliation by speaking directly with the Commissioner of Baseball and the Nationals’ managing principal owner, Mark Lerner. His support has been very important to us.”
“We are very excited to partner with the Rochester Red Wings and to have our Triple-A affiliate back in the region,” said Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. “The Red Wings are a well-built, well-run organization that will be an asset to our player development system and we are proud to be a part of Rochester, New York’s rich baseball tradition that dates back to the late 1800’s.”