I don’t know of a more succinct way of expressing how minor league baseball has changed in the past 30 years than this:
In 1986, the teams in the AA Eastern League were the Cubs, Indians, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Reds, Tigers and Yankees.
For 2016, the teams in the Eastern League are the BaySox, Curve, Fightin’ Phils, Fisher Cats, Flying Squirrels, RubberDucks, Sea Dogs, SeaWolves, Senators, Thunder, Yard Goats…………………. and Mets.
Just to put the final nail in the coffin, the Binghamton Mets’ new ownership recently announced that the team would have a new name in 2017.
I’d intended to keep this post brief, but it seemed a little too light in content, so here are two more minor league cards from back in the day…