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Thursday, June 25, 2020

MLB’s Proposed 120 MiLB Teams For 2021 May Include Some Surprises

Sources confirmed that multiple independent league teams in addition to St. Paul and Sugar Land (which were mentioned in MLB’s initial proposal) have been approached by MLB teams as possible affiliates for 2021 and beyond, with the Atlantic League’s Somerset being the team most likely to be brought into affiliated ball.

“We are very proud of our over two decades as a founding member of the Atlantic League. The Somerset Patriots strive for excellence in everything that we do,” Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer said in a statement to Baseball America. “Our staff, partners, fans and community as a whole have enhanced our reputation that has been recognized throughout professional baseball. To hear our name even mentioned in any of these MLB discussions is certainly an honor.”

If multiple independent teams join affiliated ball, then the list of teams losing their affiliation could be even larger than the original estimate of 42.

In addition to all the other changes that could be coming, the numbers of leagues and divisions might also look markedly different.

There have been discussions of Triple-A splitting into three leagues, like it was before the American Association was absorbed into the International League and Pacific Coast League for the 1998 season. If Triple-A remained divided into two leagues, it is likely that the leagues would play some interleague series to reduce the length of travel.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2020 at 10:56 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 25, 2020 at 03:10 PM (#5959482)
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   2. John Northey Posted: June 25, 2020 at 07:53 PM (#5959537)
It'll be a challenge to cut to 4 minor league teams per MLB club I suspect, but I figure this was inevitable. Colleges can train kids outside of the very top star quality kids (guys like A-Rod, Bryce Harper, etc.). A smaller draft will happen for the long term (10-20 rounds max) with tighter rules on bonuses. I suspect rookie leagues and low A full season will be the biggest losers. AAA/AA are locks as will be many A+ teams (Florida State League which plays in spring complexes). As a Jays fan I expect AAA/AA/A+/one A- short season (Buffalo, New Hampshire, Dunedin, Vancouver) with the short season team being for new draftees mainly.

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