Washington Nationals fans hoping for Richmond, Virginia minor league affiliate...
WASHINGTON – It should be no surprise that fans of the Nationals who live in Virginia would love see a Triple-A team in Richmond next season for the 2019 World Series champions.
Richmond Times-Dispatch writer John O’Connor reported earlier this week that his sources tell him Virginia’s capital, “seems positioned well to link with the Nationals.”
A spokesperson for the Nationals told the reporter simply, “We will not be commenting on this topic.”
The Nationals signed a two-year deal with Fresno, California to be the home of their top affiliate before the 2019 season. That deal ran out earlier this fall.
Richmond has been the Double-A home of the San Francisco Giants’ affiliate since 2010.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels play in the Eastern League. That is also the home of the Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Nationals since the first season in Washington in 2005.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that the (AAA) Giants plan to leave Richmond. Other reports having Fresno moving from Triple-A to the Single-A California League.
The Minnesota Twins recently confirmed they plan to leave Rochester, NY where they have had their top affiliate since 2003 in the Triple-A International League.
Another Triple-A possibility for the Nationals is Nashville, which was the home of the Texas Rangers in 2019-20 – though there was no season this year due to the pandemic.