“Andyou know, it’s this important part of the city’s history,” he said. “We’ve had professional baseball in Daytona since 1916. We’ve had little league baseball since 1920.”
According to Baseball America, MLB would limit the number of affiliates for each professional team to five with up to 150 minor league contracts.
“There’s a lot of financial development that is happening around the scene. We employ over a hundred people on game nights which have jobs that they rely upon. Restaurants affect. It affects hotels,” he said. “In Daytona, it’s the only professional sports company that we have, therefore it would impact [the] quality of life and matters which people have an opportunity to accomplish in the evenings”
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that represents the district in which the JetHawks drama, has been among the signers of the correspondence, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Hunting on”America’s News HQ Weekend” with host Ed Henry, French said,”The fact that you’re looking to contract 42 teams in which Minor League Baseball (MiLB) is such an integral part of those communities and still saying that you want to grow the game defies logic.”
The remaining 29 teams would be stripped of their affiliation with MLB, as the league plays with the idea of newly created independent leagues. The players would be drafted in what would be called the”Dream League”
It could ruin a large number of jobs and devastate local economies.
According to The Boston Globe, the list that MLB presented to MiLB in March had 13 teams — two each in Iowa, Tennessee, Florida and Maryland, along with one apiece in Washington, California, Kentucky, Oregon and West Virginia — slated to cease operation completely.
MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said in a statement that their principal goals in this proposal are”upgrading the little league facilities we think have insufficient standards for potential MLB players, so improving the working conditions for MiLB players — including their own compensation, improving transportation and hotel accommodations, providing better geographic affiliations between leading league teams and their associates, as well as better geographic lineups of leagues to reduce player travel”
The problem became politicized later Rep.
Lori Trahan, D-Mass., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W. Va., co authored a bipartisan letter with 104 signees into MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, beseeching him to rethink.
In addition, French told Henry that the plan would hurt planned downtown redevelopment in Daytona.
Sanders echoes House members’ dismay with MLB’s reported plan to eliminate minor league teamsVideo
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is your only 20 20 presidential candidate to speak out against the proposition.
Major League Baseball’s (MLB) regeneration and reform intend to eradicate 42 Minor League teams could hurt local communities across the country, Daytona Tortugas owner Rick French said Saturday.
(Aldrin Capulong from the Daytona Tortugas — a Class A Advanced Affiliate)
This has nothing to do with what’s great for baseball and everything related to greed.
[email protected] is suggesting to cut 42 Minor League Baseball clubs.
SANDERS ECHOES HOUSE MEMBERS’ DISMAY WITH MLB’S REPORTED PLAN TO ELIMINATE MINOR LEAGUE TEAMS
However, opponents of the plan argue the shift would reduce the value of franchises, have a negative economic impact, and that Player Development Contracts could be easily dissolved.