With NY Baseball Teams In Danger, Schumer Hopes To Help
– Tuesday, 11/19
At least four minor league baseball organizations in New York appear to be in danger of losing their affiliation with Major League teams.
The MLB proposal to contract its minor league structure has been reported by several outlets over the last few days. The New York Times listed the Auburn Doubledays, Batavia Muckdogs, Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Staten Island Yankees among the 42 teams at risk.
The Daily News reported several New York-Penn League teams would be saved by being upgraded to “full season leagues,” including the Hudson Valley Renegades.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced displeasure with the proposal during Monday visits to both Rochester and Buffalo. Batavia is almost directly in between the two cities along the NYS Thruway.
“I am going to be speaking with Major League Baseball. It so happens the commissioner is from Upstate New York, Commissioner Manfred of the MLB is from Rome, NY so hopefully they will be sympathetic,” Schumer said.
The senator acknowledged there is little he can do legislatively. The affiliations are set under an agreement between MiLB and MLB which expires in 2020.
Report names Auburn as one of the cities that could lose M.L.B affiliation under new deal
– Monday, 11/18
A New York Times report has identified Auburn as one of the cities that would be impacted by a new plan by Major League Baseball to restructure minor league affiliates.
The Auburn Doubledays, who are heard throughout the summer – live on FingerLakes1.com Radio – are among the teams that could potentially see changes – if the new deal is approved.
Under the new proposal 42 minor league teams would have their affiliations with major league teams ended, the Times reported. Major League Baseball says the reorganization is necessary to make minor leagues more efficient and to improve conditions and facilities, according to the times report.
However, they say officials associated with the teams see it as an ‘existential crisis’ for their organizations.
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