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|Buffalo Bisons||Rochester Red Wings||Syracuse Chiefs|
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. 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.
- 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
|x Rochester Red Wings||19||13||.594||---|
x - Clinched the 2009 Thruway Cup
- Rochester won head to head series with Syracuse nine games to seven
|x Syracuse Chiefs||23||9||.719||---|
|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.
|x Syracuse Chiefs||19||10||.655||---|
|Rochester Red Wings||12||18||.000||7.5|
x- Clinched the 2011 Thruway Cup
|x Buffalo Bisons||19||13||.594||---|
|Rochester Red Wings||12||20||.375||7.0|
x- Clinched the 2012 Thruway Cup
|x Buffalo Bisons||18||12||.613||---|
|Rochester Red Wings||15||16||.484||4.0|
x- Clinched the 2013 Thruway Cup
On August 29, the Bisons defeated the Rochester Red Wings, 3-2 to clinch the 2013 Thruway Cup.
|x Syracuse Chiefs||18||14||.563||---|
|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.
|x Rochester Red Wings||21||14||.600||---|
x- Clinched the 2015 Thruway Cup
|x Rochester Red Wings||24||14||.632||---|
x- Clinched the 2016 Thruway Cup
|x Rochester Red Wings||23||11||.676||---|
x- Clinched the 2017 Thruway Cup Series and retired the Thruway Cup.
- "The Battle for the I-90". Retrieved July 15, 2012.