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O's AAA Club moving to Norfolk?

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At least, that's the rumor at the Post.

A report in the New York Daily News said the New York Mets appear to have chosen New Orleans as their new Class AAA home, which means they will vacate Norfolk. With the New York Yankees headed to Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Pa., and the Nationals signing with Columbus, Ohio, there are no other likely options for the Orioles other than Norfolk.
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Ottawa Manager Dave Trembley and Orioles Manager Sam Perlozzo said having the Class AAA team based in Norfolk would provide many advantages. First, the Orioles wouldn't have to deal with obtaining work visas as they did in Canada. Second, players could be shuttled back and forth easily between Norfolk and Baltimore. Lastly, Orioles coaches and executives could more easily scout minor league players.

How great would this be? Aside from the proximity stuff, Norfolk is just a great community to live in. Vibrant arts, cool waterfront area (Waterside, designed by the Harborplace folks), lots of families. Players won't feel like they're playing in Siberia any more.  


UPDATE: Saturday, Sep 23

The move is official. Sam Perlozzo:

"I think it's a tremendous move for us," Perlozzo said Saturday. "We wondered why we would get a little thin in Triple-A. Now, I think it's going to be a lot easier to sign some six-year guys (minor league free agents) that will come to a stadium like Norfolk and be in the good weather."