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Wow this relationship soured so fast, given Buffalo actually competed hard with Syracuse for the Mets affiliation when it was up.
There were rumblings early last season that Buffalo might link up with Toronto for 2013 (I couldn't find the articles, unfortunately), so the relationship the Mets seems to have gone bad almost immediately.
Richmond can't become an IL market simply by moving Las Vegas, unless you want two odd-numbered AAA leagues (and this isn't 2013 MLB, folks).
MLB teams switch affiliations, but if no minor league team moves to Richmond, the Nats can't have an affiliate there.
Tucson is moving to El Paso, which would make them less desirable for the Padres, their current franchise, and more desirable for, say, a Texas-based team.
53: AAA leagues don't need to do the same stuff that indy ones do.
I wasn't speaking to the question of need, but of practicality. If the IL and PCL each had 15 teams, scheduling two interleague series weekly would not be difficult to manage.
When the PCL only went as far east as the Rockies, the other owners hated the expense of the trip to Honolulu.
61: What OsunaSakata said. You see that in indy ball out of necessity - interleague series increase costs, hence are impractical.
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