Buffalo Blue Jays officially take place

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The Buffalo Blue Jays are. . . go!


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That’s the word of the Toronto Blue Jays, who announced a few minutes ago that they had reached a deal to play the majority of their home games at Sahlen Field, where their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, play normally. In their statement, set out below, the Jays thank the City of Buffalo and New York State, who suggest that, contrary to their plans for Toronto and Pittsburgh, they now have government approval.

Why a “majority” of home games will occur in Buffalo as opposed to the 30 home games is unclear, but the Jays tweeted that an updated schedule will be released soon. I can’t help but think that some home games could be turned into road games in an attempt to cut down on travel, but we’ll know the details soon enough.

Early suggestions that the team could play in Buffalo were dismissed by Major League Baseball sources who said the lighting at Sahlen Field – and all other minor league stadiums – was not up to major league standards. Ken Rosenthal tweeted a few minutes ago that the Jays are working on it. Presumably by getting temporary crane-based lighting, the kind you sometimes see at college football matches in stadiums that weren’t built for night games.

Either way, we now have a “new” major league baseball team: the Buffalo Blue Jays.

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The Buffalo Blue Jays officially originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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