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#1 Chris B

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 12:57 PM

https://www.baseball...r-league-teams/

 

This is huge news and there's a ton in the article - a good read if you're interested in the minor leagues.

 

I'd be shocked if the drastic MLB proposal comes to fruition (given the multitude of lawsuits both from private ownership groups of the minor league teams as well as the local/state governments of those teams), but this is going to be a big battle over the next few years.


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Posted 18 October 2019 - 01:17 PM

That needs to happen. It's just overkill.
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Posted 18 October 2019 - 05:53 PM

I know this would be a result of MLB being cheap but I think it’s a good idea outside of that. I love following the minor leagues but there’s just too much filler. Independent leagues would get a nice bump too.

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 11:07 PM

They ought to go all the way and cut out the minors altogether. Have developmental teams playing at sites in the region or at spring training sites.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 06:45 AM

I like the idea of reducing and restructuring the MiL teams...I don't think the idea presented is the best though.

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 11:10 AM

Frederick would lose MLB affiliation in this proposal. I’m guessing Aberdeen would take its place.

https://www.nytimes....e-proposal.html
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#7 Chris B

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 11:40 AM

Frederick would lose MLB affiliation in this proposal. I’m guessing Aberdeen would take its place.

https://www.nytimes....e-proposal.html


Frederick and Staten Island surprise me. Frankly I assumed one of Hagerstown and Frederick would get the axe (with the Suns being the more likely) but two is interesting.

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 12:43 AM

Frederick and Staten Island surprise me. Frankly I assumed one of Hagerstown and Frederick would get the axe (with the Suns being the more likely) but two is interesting.

Wonder if it's just MLB sticking it to the O's to drop their affiliate but keep the Nats affiliate. 

 

I remember going to a Suns game when Harper was there and they hosted Delmarva with Manny. Their stadium is one of the oldest in the game opening in the 1920s. Wonder if there is more "legacy" there, or something. 


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Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:27 AM

Wonder if it's just MLB sticking it to the O's to drop their affiliate but keep the Nats affiliate. 

 

I remember going to a Suns game when Harper was there and they hosted Delmarva with Manny. Their stadium is one of the oldest in the game opening in the 1920s. Wonder if there is more "legacy" there, or something. 

 

In the article above, both Frederick and Hagerstown are getting ousted. I am just surprised that both are planned to be removed from MiLB. 


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Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:41 AM

This is going to be a very NIMBY thing.  I think it makes a ton of sense to dramatically reduce the number of minor league teams that are affiliated with MLB teams.  I don't think MLB would miss a step development wise if there were only 5 affiliates instead of 6.

 

But nobody is going to want to see their local minor league team shut down.  I don't want to lose Frederick or Bowie or Aberdeen or Delmarva.  



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 03:49 PM

https://mlb.nbcsport...r-league-teams/



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 03:51 PM

Yeah losing the Keys would suck. But there is no need for two A-level teams.


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Posted 19 November 2019 - 03:53 PM

https://mlb.nbcsport...r-league-teams/

 

That's a nice antitrust exemption you've got there. Shame if something were to...happen to it.


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Posted 19 November 2019 - 04:05 PM

Would rather lose Norfolk and just elevate Frederick to AA and Bowie to AAA.
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