Jordan wrote:The Orioles have the closest affiliates in all of the minors, Norfolk is the only affiliate more than 3 hours away (aside from the GCL and DSL Orioles).
Teams would always like their affiliates as close as possible, whether or not there is a team open is the question.
Besides that I wish the Tides were closer, I know player do too. Many guys have been quoted before on how the ride down to Norfolk can be the worst experience ever (lots of time to think and make realizations, I know Reimold and Meredith have both talked about it). Then again, the ride up FROM Norfolk must be nice, though long.
I would say move a lower level team down there to bring the AAA guys up here, but I guess it is best to keep all the lower level guys close for moves and scouting to be easier.