August 13, 2020 at 11:38 am #135040
The high level minor league owners are cozying up to MLB while the head of MiLB is trying to hold onto his fiefdom. Pretty sure it is a losing battle with the minors split into the haves (upper level teams) and the have nots (lower levels plus MiLB HQ)…
There could soon be another negotiating team in place for Minor League Baseball as it attempts to strike a deal with MLB for 2021 and beyond. @jjcoop36 explains: https://t.co/6BkoCYKNDk pic.twitter.com/m6zIR6x6zx
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) August 13, 2020September 3, 2020 at 1:09 pm #138440
No real news here, but it is a good recap of where matters are currently.
We took a deep look at how minor league baseball will never be the same, and how we got here.
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) September 3, 2020September 4, 2020 at 9:49 am #13850414NyquisTParticipant
There will be many ex-MiLB ballparks falling into disrepair with crumbling structure and being overgrown with vines and weeds. Something like the earth without humans TV series. That just sad to think about.
Holding out in announcing the final list of keepers and losers until the last moment doesn’t seem fair but I guess it keeps the teams quiet until then, not wanting to lose favor.September 8, 2020 at 10:43 am #139188Derek ShoreParticipantPaid - Annual
Big news today in Minor League Baseball:
Breaking: Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner to retire after 2020 season. O’Conner spent 28 years with MiLB office, 38 years working in pro ball. The 11th MiLB prez, O’Conner’s office might be eliminated during ongoing negotiations between MLB and MiLB.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 8, 2020September 8, 2020 at 2:12 pm #139225
O’Conner is waving the white flag in an impossible quest to beat MLB. Minor League Baseball HQ will be no more.September 10, 2020 at 10:06 am #139499stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
I was thinking this morning about the minor leagues next year. At this point, a functional vaccine by next April may be a 50/50 proposition. Barring that, will there even be a 2021 minor league season? Losing two years of development may be the death knell for many prospects. Perhaps they would have their own bubble camps a couple of times next year? Would they just go forward like they did for the big leagues if no vaccine is available, knowing that testing and monitoring all their minor leaguers will be near impossible?
Seems like quite the conundrum, either way. That’s without adding in the acrimony that’s sure to result from the cutting of the 42 teams.September 10, 2020 at 10:11 am #139501
I think there will be a vaccine available before April, but even if not, I can’t imagine shutting the minors down for two years in a row. That would be catastrophic for player development. Since MLB is taking over the minors they should be able to implement the current protocols for the 120 milb teams, although it will be a logistical challenge.September 15, 2020 at 11:55 am #140228
It is all related. Less revenue, fewer teams, fewer players, fewer staffers.
The Atlanta Braves' sweeping layoffs are across the board, including player development and business operations, besides the pro and amateur scouting departments
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 15, 2020September 16, 2020 at 8:05 am #140304bccranParticipantFree
Wonder how many laid off people will get jobs in other industries and not come back.September 16, 2020 at 8:17 am #140306Minuteman3ParticipantFree
Wonder how many laid off people will get jobs in other industries and not come back
One wonders that about a lot of industries. Our local hospital system (they run several in small cities) laid off 700 doctors, nurses and technicians in late July and I thought that was unheard of but they were not overrun with Covid and were not allowed to do procedures that make them money (like several of my COPD tests). I thought the medical industry would be bulletproof. But I can now see that the sports industry will really suffer if the fan base is significantly reduced in the form of game attendance.September 17, 2020 at 1:45 pm #140520September 18, 2020 at 2:58 pm #140701September 23, 2020 at 4:45 pm #141443September 24, 2020 at 12:59 pm #141586
New pressure from MLB to force the MiLB teams to agree to their terms. If you don’t play ball, we have other teams lined up.
MLB’s partnerships with the Atlantic League, the Frontier League and the American Association have been officially announced. What do they mean for Minor League Baseball? From yesterday: https://t.co/n9BJjD61kI
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 24, 2020September 25, 2020 at 2:56 pm #141850September 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm #142561
Add Palm Beach’s hitting coach Brian Burgamy to the ones let go…September 29, 2020 at 4:52 pm #142562BlackHillsCardParticipantFree
So MLB is going to cannibalize the Cape Cod League to justify their destruction of the historic Appy League? And what the heck is a partner league? The only purpose I can tell in a partner league to cram it down the throats of MILB teams and owners who are thinking about balking on MLB’s destruction of MILB. So nice to see MLB flush 50 years of history down the drain and stand back and watch it swirl. Manfred really has made himself Commissioner of Baseball and its disgusting.September 29, 2020 at 6:11 pm #142574
There could not be owner opposition in the Appy League because the MLB organizations own the teams. It is going to get stickier later when the other 32 teams to be cut are disclosed. In those cases, valuable assets will lose their entire value unless the owners are compensated. And that is just from the business side.September 29, 2020 at 6:58 pm #142583Minuteman3ParticipantFree
Saw a nice little special the other night on the Cape Code League and it must have been a few years old as there were no masks and people brought lawn chairs to sit in down the lines. The story kind of centered on a player hostess, a elderly lady who kept a room downstairs for a couple of players on the local minor league team. Reminded me of the league I played in so many moons ago. It was fun back then.September 30, 2020 at 2:41 pm #142685
If the cuts are made incrementally, they don’t hurt as badly. 😉
Statement from @MiLB as Professional Baseball Agreement with Major League Baseball expires today. Among notable elements is immediate reference to now 150 teams as Appalachian League has already been converted from pro entity to college wood-bat league. pic.twitter.com/NEMfYK8zEG
— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBG) September 30, 2020September 30, 2020 at 6:28 pm #142834October 1, 2020 at 8:37 am #142996
Cue all of the political posts in 3…2…1..October 1, 2020 at 8:58 am #143001
Let’s all be responsible, please.October 1, 2020 at 9:06 am #143002stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
I would think that no matter what your political affiliation, given that we are on a site that’s mostly about the minor league teams and players, we’d be relatively on the same side about this issue.October 1, 2020 at 10:14 am #143009CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
Congress is a little late to the game. Negotiations (if there really were any) have come and gone. It is MLB setting arbitrary and capricious rules.
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