Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes said he is "ecstatic" after learning the Mets will keep a minor league affiliate in Binghamton.
"It really means all the hard work has paid off, everybody's efforts have not gone unnoticed and I think it means that the Mets want to take upstate New York," said Hughes.
The news comes nearly one year after the team first learned it was at risk of being eliminated, as part of Major League Baseball's plan to restructure the minor league system.
Hughes, along with a number of local officials spent the last year fighting to keep baseball in Binghamton.
“I would like to personally thank Senator Schumer, Congressman Brindisi, Senator Akshar, and Mayor David for being the driving force behind this decision," said Hughes.
Hughes said the details are still being worked through when it comes to determining which level of baseball Binghamton will hold.
Mets Team President Sandy Alderson said Brooklyn would be home to a full season affiliate, but did not specify which level for any of the teams he mentioned.
"I'm sure those details will come out coming up shortly,and we're just looking for clarification on that and I know they're still putting together the pieces on what everything looks like," said Hughes. "I can say right now definitively, there will be baseball at RumbleTown, New York Mets baseball at Rumbletown in 2021."
(WBNG) -- Mets President Sandy Alderson said Binghamton will remain home to one of the Mets minor league affiliates.
During a press conference to introduce new owner Steve Cohen, Alderson said Syracuse, Binghamton, Brooklyn and St. Lucie will be affiliates going forward but did not specify if Binghamton would continue to have a Double A team.
The Rumble Ponies were at risk of being eliminated by Major League Baseball as part of its restructuring of the minor leagues.
Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes shared the following statement with 12 Sports:
“Incredibly excited to be part of the New York Mets under Steve Cohen and our long time friend Sandy Alderson. We look forward to supporting their mission in any way possible. It’s a great day to be a Mets fan.”