Rep. Trahan Leads House Push To Save Minor League Baseball Teams

LOWELL, MA — Congresswoman Lori Trahan is leading a bipartisan congressional effort to save a group of forty-two minor league teams that Major League Baseball is looking to cut off from their major league teams. Among the teams: the Lowell Spinners, a single A, short-season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Trahan, a Democrat who represents Lowell, and Republican West Virginia Congressman David McKinley, led 104 house members in writing a letter urging the league to abandon its plan.

The Spinners have been in Lowell since 1996, and have seen future Red Sox world series champions like Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mookie Betts, who won the American League’s 2018 Most Valuable Player award. From 1999 to August 30, 2010, the team sold out every ticket to every home game, believed to be a record. Other teams on the chopping block include those in states with no major league teams at all, like the West Virginia Power, the Billings Mustangs, in Montana, and the Kingsport Mets, in Tennessee. Some have a very lengthy history, like the Chattanooga Lookouts, which are over 100 years old.

The teams in MLB’s sights would be put into a “Dream League,” essentially an independent…

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