With just a few weeks to go in the minor league season, things are looking very promising for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Off the field, the franchise seems to be having some issues with the city regarding a new stadium, which was supposed to be a condition of the team relocating from Connecticuit, replacing the Richmond Braves.
On the field, the team is shining. Aided by top prospects in the Giants system, the Flying Squirrels are sitting atop their division in the Eastern League, sporting a record of 67-52, good for a 2.5 game lead over their rivals in Akron. Since the top 2 teams in that division go to the postseason, Richmond is sitting even prettier, as they have a 9 game lead over Bowie and Erie for ANY playoff spot.
Should the playoffs happen here, it will be the team’s second playoff appearance since coming to the capital city. In 2011, they swept Harrisburg in the opening round, but lost to New Hampshire in the finals.
Go Nutz, Richmond!
FYI, the former Richmond Braves, now playing in Gwinnett, GA, have not played in the postseason since leaving Richmond. The current Richmond team is set to make the playoffs for the second time in 5 years.