Thruway Cup

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Thruway Cup
Thruway Cup Series logo.jpg
Buffalo Bisons Rochester Red Wings Syracuse Chiefs
Originated: 1998
Current Holder: Rochester

Buffalo (8)
2000 2001
2002 2004
2006 2007
2012 2013
Rochester (8)
1998 2003
2005 2008
2009 2015
2016 2017
Syracuse (4)
1999 2010
2011 2014
Thruway Cup is located in New York
Buffalo Bisons
Buffalo Bisons
Rochester Red Wings
Rochester Red Wings
Syracuse Chiefs
Syracuse Chiefs
Locations in New York

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. Unique to this competition, it was agreed that any team winning the trophy three times would get to "retire" the cup and keep it as their own.[1] As of September 1, 2014, Buffalo has won eight times, Rochester five times and Syracuse four 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.

During the 2012 season, an additional IL team would make its home along the Thruway, the Empire State Yankees. The Yankees split its games between Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo and Batavia (a smaller village with a short season team located between Buffalo and Rochester); it was nevertheless not included in the Thruway Cup.

In 2017, the Rochester Red Wings captured their first Thruway Cup trophy, the first time a Thruway Cup team retired a Cup with no other team's name on it.

Winners[edit]

  • 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
  • 2013: Buffalo Bisons
  • 2014: Syracuse Chiefs†
  • 2015: Rochester Red Wings
  • 2016: Rochester Red Wings
  • 2017: Rochester Red Wings†

Team won their third Series and is allowed to keep the Thruway Cup

2009[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Rochester Red Wings 19 13 .594 ---
Syracuse Chiefs 19 13 .594 ---
Buffalo Bisons 10 22 .313 6.0

x - Clinched the 2009 Thruway Cup

Rochester won head to head series with Syracuse nine games to seven

2010[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Syracuse Chiefs 23 9 .719 ---
Buffalo Bisons 17 15 .531 6.0
Rochester Red Wings 8 24 .250 15.0

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.

2011[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Syracuse Chiefs 19 10 .655 ---
Buffalo Bisons 14 17 .452 6.0
Rochester Red Wings 12 18 .000 7.5

x- Clinched the 2011 Thruway Cup

2012[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Buffalo Bisons 19 13 .594 ---
Syracuse Chiefs 17 15 .531 2.0
Rochester Red Wings 12 20 .375 7.0

x- Clinched the 2012 Thruway Cup

2013[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Buffalo Bisons 18 12 .613 ---
Rochester Red Wings 15 16 .484 4.0
Syracuse Chiefs 13 17 .433 5.0

x- Clinched the 2013 Thruway Cup

On August 29, the Bisons defeated the Rochester Red Wings, 3-2 to clinch the 2013 Thruway Cup.

2014[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Syracuse Chiefs 18 14 .563 ---
Buffalo Bisons 17 15 .531 1.0
Rochester Red Wings 13 19 .406 5.0

x- Clinched the 2014 Thruway Cup

On August 31, 2014, the Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bisons, 4-3 to clinch the 2014 Thruway Cup, and claim their fourth Thruway Cup series and first trophy.

2015[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Rochester Red Wings 21 14 .600 ---
Buffalo Bisons 19 19 .500 3.5
Syracuse Chiefs 16 23 .410 7.0

x- Clinched the 2015 Thruway Cup

2016[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Rochester Red Wings 24 14 .632 ---
Buffalo Bisons 18 19 .486 5.5
Syracuse Chiefs 14 23 .378 9.5

x- Clinched the 2016 Thruway Cup

2017[edit]

Team W L Pct. GB
x Rochester Red Wings 23 11 .676 ---
Syracuse Chiefs 15 20 .429 8.5
Buffalo Bisons 14 21 .400 9.5

x- Clinched the 2017 Thruway Cup Series and retired the Thruway Cup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Battle for the I-90". Retrieved July 15, 2012. 

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