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MLB says it is committed to protecting minor league teams

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Major League Baseball said Saturday it is committed to protecting minor league teams, a day after U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal warned of possible congressional action if the organization followed through on minor league contraction plans.

“It is not Major League Baseball’s goal to eliminate any club in these negotiations, and MLB currently has a plan for every club to continue operations with some level of support,” Major League Baseball said in a written statement.

MLB has proposed a contraction plan that could end minor league baseball at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut, and ballparks across the nation by eliminating its affiliation with 42 teams. The Norwich Sea Unicorns — formerly the Connecticut Tigers — play in the Class A New York-Penn League.

I suppose it is possible to believe MLB on this- then again, I suppose it is possible to get people to believe that I have a nice bridge for sale…..


QLE Posted: December 29, 2019 at 12:56 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. . . . . . . Posted: December 29, 2019 at 08:04 AM (#5911545)
If we’re talking about people it is “possible to believe”, then Senator “I misspoke” Blumenthal should be just as high on the list as MLB. Don’t forget to thank him for his service.
   2. Sunday silence Posted: December 29, 2019 at 08:54 AM (#5911546)
Congress is suddenly upset about minor league contraction but apparently MiLBers working for less than living wage isnt an issue.

Nor for that matter, baseballs antitrust exemption.
   3. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 29, 2019 at 10:46 AM (#5911557)
I think the statement is generally true. I think that MLB is indifferent as to the franchises, and that their "goal" is to get first-year players back to a central place where they can be taught and supervised, instead of scattered across the country. I think they see supporting the Dream League(s) as a cost of doing business for legal and PR reasons, and expect that the leagues will eventually fail even with some support.
   4. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 29, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5911602)
More corporate gaslighting. Petroleum companies are dedicated to greener energy, banks are dedicated to protecting your money, and Major League Baseball is dedicated to protecting minor league teams.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 29, 2019 at 05:45 PM (#5911606)
I think the statement is generally true.

It is true in the respect that eliminating teams is not their main goal, their main goal is to strong arm minor league teams into concessions to transfer more of the costs to minor league owners. I have a hard time believing that any minor league owners said "nope, eliminating teams is a better idea."
   6. Walt Davis Posted: December 30, 2019 at 12:01 AM (#5911659)
"Protect" as in "nice minor-league stadium you got there, it would be a shame if there was no team to play in it."
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 30, 2019 at 09:30 AM (#5911690)
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