Thruway Cup

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Thruway Cup
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Red Wings
Current holder:Rochester Red Wings

Buffalo (8)
2000 2001
2002 2004
2006 2007
2012 2013
Rochester (10)
1998 2003
2005 2008
2009 2015
2016 2017
2018 2019
Syracuse (4)
1999 2010
2011 2014
Bold years denote retired Thruway Cup trophies

The Thruway Cup is an annual competition between Minor League Baseball's Buffalo Bisons, Rochester Red Wings, and Syracuse Mets of the Triple-A International League (IL) which began in 1998. The Cup standings are compiled from the games the teams play against each other through the course of the regular season. The team at the top of the standings at the end of the season is crowned the Thruway Cup champion and 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 the end of the 2019 season, Rochester has won ten times, Buffalo eight times, and Syracuse four times.


The I-90 Thruway Series is the name given to all the games played between the Bisons, Red Wings, and Mets. 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. Syracuse and Buffalo, which are at the furthest ends are about 150 minutes' driving time from each other, while the other cities are within 90 minutes of each other.

During the 2012 season, an additional IL team made its home along the Thruway, the Empire State Yankees. The Yankees had no home ballpark, so they played their home games at the stadiums of Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and the Batavia Muckdogs (a Class A Short Season team located between Buffalo and Rochester); it was nevertheless not included in the Thruway Cup.

In 2017, the Rochester Red Wings earned the right to keep their retired Thruway Cup trophy, making it the first time a team retired a Cup bearing no other team's name.


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


x Rochester Red Wings 1913.594---
Syracuse Chiefs 1913.594---
Buffalo Bisons 1022.3136.0

x - Clinched the 2009 Thruway Cup

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


x Syracuse Chiefs 239.719---
Buffalo Bisons 1715.5316.0
Rochester Red Wings 824.25015.0

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 1910.655---
Buffalo Bisons 1417.4526.0
Rochester Red Wings 1218.0007.5

x- Clinched the 2011 Thruway Cup


x Buffalo Bisons 1913.594---
Syracuse Chiefs 1715.5312.0
Rochester Red Wings 1220.3757.0

x- Clinched the 2012 Thruway Cup


x Buffalo Bisons 1812.613---
Rochester Red Wings 1516.4844.0
Syracuse Chiefs 1317.4335.0

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 1814.563---
Buffalo Bisons 1715.5311.0
Rochester Red Wings 1319.4065.0

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 2114.600---
Buffalo Bisons 1919.5003.5
Syracuse Chiefs 1623.4107.0

x- Clinched the 2015 Thruway Cup


x Rochester Red Wings 2414.632---
Buffalo Bisons 1819.4865.5
Syracuse Chiefs 1423.3789.5

x- Clinched the 2016 Thruway Cup


x Rochester Red Wings 2311.676---
Syracuse Chiefs 1520.4298.5
Buffalo Bisons 1421.4009.5

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


x Rochester Red Wings 1918.514---
Syracuse Chiefs 1919.500½
Buffalo Bisons 1718.4861.0

x - Clinched the 2018 Thruway Cup


x Rochester Red Wings 1917.528---
Buffalo Bisons 1716.5150.5
Syracuse Mets 1819.4861.5

x - Clinched the 2019 Thruway Cup

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