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House res­o­lu­tion pro­posed against mi­nor league con­trac­tion

WASH­ING­TON — Four mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­tro­duced a res­o­lu­tion Tues­day urg­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball not to fol­low through with its pro­posal to elim­i­nate 42 cur­rent mi­nor league teams.

MLB made the pro­posal last year to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Base­ball Leagues, the govern­ing body of the mi­nors, dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions for a Pro­fes­sional Base­ball Agree­ment to re­place the deal that ex­pires af­ter the 2020 sea­son.

MLB wants to cut short-sea­son leagues and re­duce the num­ber of farm teams each big league club af­fil­i­ates with. It has pro­posed re­plac­ing the elim­i­nated mi­nor league teams with a not yet de­fined Dream League, some­what sim­i­lar to col­le­giate sum­mer leagues. The res­o­lu­tion was in­tro­duced by Reps. Lori Tra­han, D-Mass.; David McKin­ley, R-W. Va.; Max Rose,

D-N.Y.; and Mike Simp­son, R- Idaho.

“Mi­nor League Base­ball teams have had a ma­jor im­pact on small com­mu­ni­ties. These teams pro­vide an enor­mous cul­tural and eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the com­mu­ni­ties they call home,” McKin­ley said in a state­ment.

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