Rumble Ponies future in jeopardy; local officials react

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Amidst Major League Baseball’s proposal to restructure minor league baseball, the Rumble Ponies are now now on the chopping block.

Team owner John Hughes confirms the team is on the initial list of cities who could be left without a major league affiliate. Today, local leaders tell 12 Sports they can’t imagine Binghamton, without baseball.

“It’s something that we will fight tooth and nail to prevent from happening,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

“It’s a terrible, terrible decision,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.

Local leaders are outraged following a Major League Baseball proposal threatening to remove the Mets Double-A affiliate from our community.

“The state of New York and the city and the owner recently partnered to invest about eight million dollars, I think in that stadium, to address a series of deficiencies to make it compliant with the standards of minor league baseball,” said David.

Binghamton has bred some of the biggest names in baseball, including this year’s National League Rookie of the Year, Pete Alonso.

“This league is a really good league,” said Alonso.

To take away a game that’s been…

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