More than 100 members of Congress write to MLB commissioner over ‘radical’ plan to eliminate minor league teams | Ap


Saving minor league baseball might be one of the few things that Democrats and Republicans can agree upon these days.

On Tuesday, more than 100 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter expressing their “firm opposition” to MLB’s “radical” restructuring of the minor leagues. The proposal includes the elimination of 42 teams, including the Frederick Keys.

“If enacted, it would undermine the health of the minor league system that undergirds talent development and encourages fan loyalty,” reads the letter, which was addressed to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The letter comes as the MLB owners begin three days of meetings in Arlington, Texas.

The letter, sent by Representatives Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.), included a signature from Max Rose (D-N.Y.), whose district encompasses all of Staten Island.

Notably, the strongly worded letter references Congress’ support “on a wide variety of legislative initiatives,” which likely refers to recent bills like 2018’s Save America’s Pasttime act, which allowed MLB to skirt minimum…

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