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The Thruway Cup is an annual competition between minor league baseball's International League Buffalo Bisons, Rochester Red Wings, and Syracuse Chiefs which began in 1998. The Cup standings are compiled from the games the teams play against each other through the course of the Triple-A International League season, and the team at the top of the standings at the end of the season wins the Thruway Cup trophy. Whenever one team wins the series three times, that team gets to keep the Cup, and a new trophy is used until the next team wins three series. As of September 1 2012, Buffalo has won seven times, Rochester five times and Syracuse three times.
The I-90 Thruway Series is the name given to all the games played between the Bisons, the Red Wings, and the Chiefs. The series became official when the Bisons joined the International League in 1998 after moving from the Triple-A American Association. All teams are located in cities along the New York State toll road and all within less than 90 minutes of each other (with the exception of Syracuse and Buffalo, which are at the furthest ends and 150 minutes' driving time from each other). Each year, the team with the best record amongst the games played between these three cities is crowned the Thruway Cup champion.
- 1998: Rochester Red Wings
- 1999: Syracuse SkyChiefs
- 2000: Buffalo Bisons
- 2001: Buffalo Bisons
- 2002: Buffalo Bisons†
- 2003: Rochester Red Wings
- 2004: Buffalo Bisons
- 2005: Rochester Red Wings†
- 2006: Buffalo Bisons
- 2007: Buffalo Bisons†
- 2008: Rochester Red Wings
- 2009: Rochester Red Wings
- 2010: Syracuse Chiefs
- 2011: Syracuse Chiefs†
- 2012: Buffalo Bisons
†Team won their third Series and is allowed to keep the Thruway Cup
x - Clinched the 2010 Thruway Cup
On August 30, the Chiefs beat the Bisons 4-1 in 10 innings to claim their second Thruway Cup and first since 1999.
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