All of the Astros content lately has caused one of Major League Baseball’s other offseason PR disasters to the back burner. That being its plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams.
The biggest target of the contraction plan is the Appalachian League, which Major League Baseball proposes to eliminate in its entirety. That ten-team league has teams in West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. As someone from West Virginia — and someone who, in 2018, spent a couple of days around the Appalachian League and making many new friends as I did so — I can tell you first hand that the people in those areas are extremely upset at the prospect of losing professional baseball.
Their political leaders are well aware of it too. To that end the legislators of one of the Appy League’s states — West Virginia — passed a resolution this morning condemning Major League Baseball’s contraction plan. The text:
HOUSE RESOLUTION 14
[Introduced February 21, 2020]
Urging Major League Baseball to rescind the ill-advised proposal that threatens the future of professional baseball in West Virginia.
Whereas, The history of professional baseball in West Virginia, dates back more than a…