If Ike Davis had been sent to the minor leagues last season by the Mets, he would have gotten off the plane in Buffalo, N.Y. That's where the team's Class AAA affiliate was in 2012. Davis, his .161 batting average an eyesore the Mets no longer wanted to view, was sent down to the minors last week. When he got off the plane, he wasn't in Buffalo. He was in Vegas, baby. Slot machines in the airport. Wide-open desert. The Strip. Casinos and buffets open all night. And the Mets' Class AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. "Welcome to Las Vegas!" Davis boomed to a group of New York reporters who had been sent to chronicle his exile into ... what exactly? Paradise? Or, in baseball terms, the opposite of that? Davis went from the Mets to the Class AAA 51s. He went from The City That Never Sleeps to Sin City. He went from Citi Field to Cashman Field; the latter is a 30-year-old stadium five miles from The Strip that might be the only place in Vegas completely devoid of glitz. Why are the Mets even in Las Vegas? As with Davis, it's not by choice. The Mets were the losers in baseball's semiannual game of affiliation shuffle. Toronto, which had been in Vegas, took over in Buffalo — which makes much more geographic sense for the Blue Jays. The Mets, who had been in New Orleans before Buffalo, were left with Las Vegas, which makes no geographical sense for them when they want to quickly call up a player. The player-development contract is for two years.
Ike Davis' minor gig is in a major city
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