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Bye Bye, Norfolk

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Beginning in 2007, the Mets' top minor league affiliate (AAA) will be the New Orleans Zephyrs, terminating their relationship with the Norfolk Tides, a pact that began back in 1969. A big motive for the move was the fact that the Zephyrs are in the Pacific Coast League, which is comprised of mostly warm-weather affiliates (Norfolk is in the International League, whose teams play in somewhat cooler climates).

The Mets have also pledged to contribute to the rebuilding effort in New Orleans, a sign that they intend to be members of the community and not just passive occupants.

(Source = Associated Press)