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Does the sale of the Mets impact the future of the Rumble Ponies?

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- This week, Steve Cohen reached an agreement to take on majority ownership of the New York Mets. Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes said the sale could be the difference between the Rumble Ponies future in Binghamton or somewhere else.

"I think it's a positive," said Hughes. "There's going to be a new influx of obviously leadership, new direction for the organization."

Hughes said there are ongoing conversations about what the Mets minor league system will look like under Cohen's ownership, which is pending approval from major league club owners.

"We're still working on what the minor league situation will look like, specifically with regards to the transfer of Brooklyn (Class A Short Season) and Syracuse (Triple-A)," said Hughes.

Hughes said he is hopeful Cohen's group will realize the contribution of Binghamton as the Mets Double-A affiliate, and he is working toward having those discussions.

"Obviously Steve Cohen is going to have a significant influence on the structure and construct of the Mets minor league farm system," said Hughes. "He's going to 100% control that."

Earlier this month, Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Connor announced he would retire at the end of the year. According to multiple reports, MiLB's offices will dissolve and instead the minor league system will be run under Major League Baseball.

Hughes said so far, this shift hasn't been a concern.

"I think there's a lot of things that I've seen so far that are positives that have come out with it," he said. "A closer working relationship, more communication, leadership I think will be increased."

The current professional baseball agreement (PBA) between MLB and MiLB expires in September 30. Hughes said he anticipates negotiations will be extended.

"I think as long as there is enough good will on September 30, those discussions will continue," said Hughes.

Nicole Menner

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