MLB wants to save the minor leagues


In their column, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, Max Rose, Mike Simpson and Lori Trahan are right to laud the many contributi­ons of Minor League Baseball, but wrong to attempt to scare fans into thinking that baseball could disappear.

In negotiatin­g a new operating agreement with the minor leagues, Major League Baseball believes that we have an opportunit­y to improve minor league player wages, working conditions and developmen­t, while protecting baseball in communitie­s nationwide.

It is not our goal to eliminate any club in these negotiatio­ns — in fact, MLB has subsidized minor league operations.

Negotiatio­ns with the minor leagues are early. No one can predict what the final agreement will be.

MLB is open to solutions that involve profession­al baseball continuing where it is being played. Minor League Baseball must return to the negotiatin­g table and make a similar good-faith commitment.

Dan Halem

MLB deputy commission­er Harrison, N.Y.

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