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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Warner pitches aid plan for minor league baseball franchises

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., whiffed the last time he and other members of Virginia’s congressional delegation tried to include minor league baseball franchises in a federal emergency COVID-19 aid package in December.

But Warner is back at the plate with a new plan to use $550 million in unspent federal emergency aid to help minor league teams in Virginia and other states weather a financial crisis after the pandemic canceled their 2020 seasons and shortened this year’s schedule of games.

“In many of these communities, if we don’t see this kind of relief, these teams might go out of existence,” Warner said during a media call on Tuesday.

The peril already is apparent to minor league franchises such as the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a team that lost 90% of its revenue last year, and in small and medium-sized Virginia communities with teams that lost their affiliations with major league clubs as part of a painful contraction of baseball’s professional farm system last year.

“The Richmond Flying Squirrels are extremely grateful to Senator Warner for his leadership role in supporting our ball club and franchises across the commonwealth and country,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said in a statement on Tuesday.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2021 at 02:32 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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