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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mets block Yankees’ minor-league team move to New Jersey

A New Jersey official says Newark nearly got to be home to the Yankees’ top minor-league team for 2012, but the deal was blocked by the Mets.

The team needs a temporary home while its regular one, PNC Field in Scranton, Pa., is repaired.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo says Yankees officials contacted him last month about playing in Eagles & Bears Riverfront Stadium, which is owned by the City of Newark and Essex County.

DiVincenzo says the Mets invoked territorial rights to halt the deal. The drama was first reported by The Star-Ledger.

The top elected official in Essex County says he’s disappointed because a residency by the Triple-A team could have boosted the local economy and given more children a chance to see future Yankees play in person.

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