Burlington Royals’ future falls into limbo – Sports – The Times-News

Contraction of minor leagues could nix Burlington’s pro team

The Burlington Royals are on “the list” of teams targeted for elimination in Major League Baseball’s quest to restructure the minor leagues.

All efforts will be made to prevent this from happening, team and league officials say.

When 42 teams were identified as in limbo in a New York Times story last weekend, it sent shockwaves to many communities.

“Now that cities have been identified, it has become a little more personal,” said Appalachian League president Dan Moushon, a former vice president of the Burlington team.

Previously this fall, a proposal to rework structuring within the minor league had become public, minus many details.

“We’re certainly not happy about it,” said Miles Wolff, who has been the operator of Burlington’s team since 1986. “We’re hoping things can change. We’re working hard to see what can happen.”

If the plan is implemented – or some form of it — that would come following the 2020 season.

The revamping of the minor leagues — there are 160 teams affiliated with the big leagues — might involve several layers, much related to potential…

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