List of New York Mets minor league affiliates

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The New York Mets farm system consists of nine Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Six teams are owned by the major league club, while three—the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Columbia Fireflies, and Brooklyn Cyclones—are independently owned.

The Mets have been affiliated with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the Eastern League since 1992, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Mets.[2] Their newest affiliate is the Syracuse Mets of the International League which became the Mets' Triple-A club in 2019.[2] The longest affiliation in team history was the 38-year relationship with the Triple-A International League's Norfolk Tides from 1969 to 2006.[2]

Geographically, New York's closest domestic affiliate is the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League which is approximately 15 miles (24 km) away. New York's furthest domestic affiliates are the St. Lucie Mets and GCL Mets some 1,001 miles (1,611 km) away.

1990–present[edit]

The current structure of Minor League Baseball has been in effect since the 1990 season when the Class A level was subdivided for a second time with the creation of Class A-Advanced. The Rookie level consists of domestic and foreign circuits.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2020 Syracuse Mets[4] Binghamton Rumble Ponies[5] St. Lucie Mets[4] Columbia Fireflies[4] Brooklyn Cyclones[4] Kingsport Mets,[4] GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2019 Syracuse Mets Binghamton Rumble Ponies St. Lucie Mets Columbia Fireflies Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2018 Las Vegas 51s[6] Binghamton Rumble Ponies St. Lucie Mets Columbia Fireflies Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2017 Las Vegas 51s Binghamton Rumble Ponies[7] St. Lucie Mets Columbia Fireflies Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2016 Las Vegas 51s[8] Binghamton Mets[7] St. Lucie Mets Columbia Fireflies[9] Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2015 Las Vegas 51s Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats[10] Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2014 Las Vegas 51s Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2013 Las Vegas 51s[11] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2012 Buffalo Bisons[11] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2011 Buffalo Bisons Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2010 Buffalo Bisons Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
2009 Buffalo Bisons[12] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets, VSL Mets
2008 New Orleans Zephyrs[12] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets, VSL Mets
2007 New Orleans Zephyrs[13] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Savannah Sand Gnats Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets, VSL Mets
2006 Norfolk Tides[13] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Hagerstown Suns Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets, VSL Mets
2005 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Hagerstown Suns Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets, VSL Mets
2004 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets, Tronconero 2
2003 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets DSL Mets, Tronconero 2
2002 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Brooklyn Cyclones Kingsport Mets DSL Mets, Carabobo
2001 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Brooklyn Cyclones[14] Kingsport Mets DSL Mets
2000 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets[14] Kingsport Mets DSL Mets East, DSL Mets West
1999 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
1998 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets 1, DSL Mets 2
1997 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets
1996 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets
1995 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets
1994 Norfolk Tides Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets
1993 Norfolk Tides[15] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Capital City Bombers Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets
1992 Tidewater Tides[15] Binghamton Mets St. Lucie Mets Columbia Mets Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets DSL Mets
1991 Tidewater Tides Williamsport Bills St. Lucie Mets Columbia Mets Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets
1990 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets[16] St. Lucie Mets Columbia Mets Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets

1963–1989[edit]

The foundation of the minors' current structure was the result of a reorganization initiated by Major League Baseball (MLB) before the 1963 season. The reduction from six classes to four (Triple-A, Double-AA, Class A, and Rookie) was a response to the general decline of the minors throughout the 1950s and early-1960s when leagues and teams folded due to shrinking attendance caused by baseball fans' preference for staying at home to watch MLB games on television. The only change made within the next 27 years was Class A being subdivided for the first time to form Class A Short Season in 1966.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets St. Lucie Mets, Columbia Mets Pittsfield Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets
1988 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets St. Lucie Mets,[17] Columbia Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets, GCL Mets
1987 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets,[17] Columbia Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets
1986 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Columbia Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets
1985 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Columbia Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets
1984 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Columbia Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets
1983 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Columbia Mets Little Falls Mets GCL Mets
1982 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Shelby Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets
1981 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Shelby Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets
1980 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets Little Falls Mets Kingsport Mets
1979[18] Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets Little Falls Mets, Grays Harbor Loggers
1978 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Wausau Mets Little Falls Mets
1977 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Wausau Mets Little Falls Mets
1976 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Lynchburg Mets, Wausau Mets Marion Mets
1975 Tidewater Tides Jackson Mets Visalia Mets, Wausau Mets Marion Mets
1974[19] Tidewater Tides Victoria Toros Visalia Mets, Anderson Mets Batavia Trojans Marion Mets
1973 Tidewater Tides Memphis Blues Pompano Beach Mets, Visalia Mets Batavia Trojans Marion Mets
1972 Tidewater Tides Memphis Blues Pompano Beach Mets, Visalia Mets Batavia Trojans Marion Mets
1971 Tidewater Tides Memphis Blues Pompano Beach Mets, Visalia Mets Marion Mets
1970 Tidewater Tides Memphis Blues Pompano Beach Mets, Visalia Mets Marion Mets
1969 Tidewater Tides Memphis Blues Pompano Beach Mets, Visalia Mets Marion Mets
1968 Jacksonville Suns Memphis Blues Raleigh-Durham Mets, Visalia Mets Mankato Mets Marion Mets
1967 Jacksonville Suns Williamsport Mets Durham Bulls, Winter Haven Mets Mankato Mets Marion Mets
1966 Jacksonville Suns Williamsport Mets Auburn Mets, Greenville Mets Marion Mets
1965[20] Buffalo Bisons Williamsport Mets Auburn Mets, Greenville Mets Marion Mets
1964 Buffalo Bisons Williamsport Mets Salinas Mets, Auburn Mets
1963[21] Buffalo Bisons Raleigh Mets, Salinas Mets, Quincy Jets, Auburn Mets

1962[edit]

The minors operated with six classes (Triple-A, Double-A, and Classes A, B, C, and D) from 1946 to 1962. The Pacific Coast League (PCL) was reclassified from Triple-A to Open in 1952 due to the possibility of becoming a third major league. This arrangement ended following the 1957 season when the relocation of the National League's Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast killed any chance of the PCL being promoted. The 1963 reorganization resulted in the Eastern and South Atlantic Leagues being elevated from Class A to Double-A, five of seven Class D circuits plus the ones in B and C upgraded to A, and the Appalachian League reclassified from D to Rookie.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class B Class C Class D
1962 Santa Barbara Rancheros Quincy Jets, Auburn Mets, Salisbury Braves

References[edit]

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  15. ^ a b Donaghy, Jim. "For baseball, New Year means arbitration season," The Associated Press, Thursday, December 24, 1992.
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