Pittsfield Mets

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1989-2000

The Pittsfield Mets of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, played twelve seasons in the New York-Penn League. For that entire time period, they were the short-season Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets. 

Before the P-Mets came to be, Pittsfield’s historic Wahconah Park had been most recently been occupied by the Eastern League’s Pittsfield Cubs. The P-Cubs moved to Williamsport, PA, after the 1988 season–becoming the Bills–and Wahconah was left open. A consolation for baseball fans in Western Mass’s Berkshire region arrived when the Little Falls Mets of the New York-Penn League moved out of New York that same off-season. The franchise slid into Pittsfield’s old park, which was built in 1919 and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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Though the Pittsfield Mets kept their branding close to their parent club, even at times sporting the NY cap, they found some ways to inject a little creativity over the years. Their original primary logo was repurposed from Little Falls–a version of New York’s emblem, but with a pastoral nature scene replacing the Big Apple skyline. A simple letter P was tucked into the side of this logo, while another basic P was used on the caps. In the mid-nineties, a new logo–also used for caps–depicted the Berkshires superimposed over two crossed bats and with the city name rendered in cursive font. When the big-league Mets went through their black uniform phase in the later nineties, Pittsfield followed suit with an alternate set. 1992 fleer alfonzo

In their twelve seasons, the Pittsfield Mets fielded a solid group of future big-leaguers, especially considering their low-level status. Just about each summer featured a handful of those who would go on to Flushing, and Pittsfield was lucky enough to suit up six future major league All-Stars in Jeromy Burnitz, Edgardo Alfonzo, Preston Wilson, Jason Isringhausen, A.J. Burnett, and Ty Wigginton. 

The end of the P-Mets came after the 2000 season, when the Rudy Giuliani-led effort to put a team in Brooklyn finally came to fruition. The Queens Kings were moved to Coney Island, and the Mets left Pittsfield in favor of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Pittsfield was able to secure a new parent club with Houston, but the Pittsfield Astros lasted only one year before moving to the Albany area. The franchise exists today as the Tri-City ValleyCats. 

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Historic Wahconah Park
Submitted for comparison: Little Falls logo and original Pittsfield logo. Read more here.
Image from a photo collage in the 1990 Sports Illustrated minor league cover feature.
That SI feature ended with a great Pittsfield-centered column from Daniel Okrent, who is most famous for basically inventing fantasy sports.
Edgardo “Edgar” Alfronzo, 1992
Hand-me-down hats from the big club
Mascot: Boomer the “walrus”
Black alternate jersey