Hello There, Guest! (LoginRegister)

Post Reply 
Minor leagues agree in principle to MLB plan to reduce affiliated minor league teams
Author Message
Wedge Offline
Moderator
*

Posts: 16,544
Joined: May 2010
Reputation: 715
I Root For: California
Location: TROS
Post: #1
Minor leagues agree in principle to MLB plan to reduce affiliated minor league teams
IMO, not completely surprising given that MLB always had the leverage of being able to choose how many players they supply to minor league affiliates.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/...-in-teams/
Quote:When MLB and MiLB negotiators convene on a teleconference on Wednesday, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations say MiLB will indicate that it agrees to 120 affiliated teams in a new PBA.

Such a concession by MiLB could be a clear step toward a deal. MiLB has now agreed to find ways to come to agreement on almost all of MLB’s public demands. Now the open question is whether MLB will be willing to accept the concession as a foundation for a potential deal.
Quote:Now MiLB is expected to signal its assent to a system going forward where each MLB team will have four full-season affiliates, plus one Rookie-level team at its spring training complex. Such a move fulfills the largest remaining demand MLB has requested in these negotiations. MLB teams have looked to reduce the number of affiliates each team has. MLB had already reached agreement last month with the Major League Baseball Players Association to cut the number of rounds in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, which will almost assuredly cut the number of players MLB teams sign each year.
04-21-2020 12:43 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Advertisement


GoodOwl Offline
The 1 Hoo Knocks
*

Posts: 12,722
Joined: Nov 2010
Reputation: 481
I Root For: New Horizons
Location: Planiverse
Post: #2
Question RE: Minor leagues agree in principle to MLB plan to reduce affiliated minor league teams
Not sure if I've seen this posted, so here it is...

it would mean as many as 42 current minor league teams would be lopped off by eliminating short-season and Rookie ball. Two independent league teams, the St. Paul Saints and Sugar Land Skeeters, would be added to affiliated ball.

Now MiLB is expected to signal its assent to a system going forward where each MLB team will have four full-season affiliates, plus one Rookie-level team at its spring training complex. Such a move fulfills the largest remaining demand MLB has requested in these negotiations. MLB teams have looked to reduce the number of affiliates each team has. MLB had already reached agreement last month with the MLB Players Association to cut the number of rounds in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, which will almost assuredly cut the number of players MLB teams sign each year.

By BA Staff on November 29, 2019

Here are the 42 teams ticketed to be removed from the affiliated minor leagues in Major League Baseball’s proposal. This list is highly preliminary, and Baseball America had heard rumors of other teams being on the list earlier in the process. To read more about MLB's proposal to eliminate teams, click here.

Double-A

Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Chattanooga Lookouts
Erie SeaWolves
Jackson Generals

High Class A

Lancaster JetHawks
Daytona Tortugas
Florida Fire Frogs
Frederick Keys

Low Class A

Beloit Snappers
Burlington Bees
Clinton LumberKings
Lexington Legends
Hagerstown Suns
West Virginia Power

Short-Season

Auburn Doubledays
Batavia Muckdogs
Connecticut Tigers
Lowell Spinners
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
State College Spikes
Staten Island Yankees
Tri-City Dust Devils
Vermont Lake Monsters
Williamsport Crosscutters

Rookie

Billings Mustangs
Bluefield Blue Jays
Bristol Pirates
Burlington Royals
Danville Braves
Elizabethton Twins
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Greeneville Reds
Idaho Falls Chukars
Johnson City Cardinals
Kingsport Mets
Missoula Osprey
Ogden Raptors
Orem Owlz
Princeton Rays
Rocky Mountain Vibes
04-21-2020 03:25 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
chargeradio Offline
Heisman
*

Posts: 6,218
Joined: Mar 2007
Reputation: 85
I Root For: ALA, KY, USA
Location: Louisville, KY
Post: #3
RE: Minor leagues agree in principle to MLB plan to reduce affiliated minor
I wonder who all is moving to AA?

I figure Fresno, currently in the AAA Pacific Coast League, should move down to the Class A California League to replace Lancaster, and both Sugar Land and St. Paul, currently independent, should join the PCL (AAA), which will likely split into two.

PCL: Tacoma, Sacramento, Reno, Las Vegas, Salt Lake, Albuqerque, El Paso, San Antonio, Round Rock, Sugar Land

New AAA League: Oklahoma City, Wichita, Omaha, Iowa, Saint Paul, Memphis, Louisville, Indianapolis, Toledo, Columbus

IL: Nashville, Gwinnett, Durham, Charlotte, Norfolk, Buffalo, Syracuse, Lehigh Valley, Scranton-WB, Worcester

The Southern League is due to lose two - it seems like Rome (GA) and Augusta (who actually plays in North Augusta, SC) are really the only two South Atlantic League teams in the current footprint. Bowling Green would make sense, but I don't see another Midwest League team coming with them.

I would expect the Eastern League to take Wilmington (DE) and Fredericksburg as they would be the northernmost remaining teams in the Carolina League

TL: Arkansas, NW Arkansas, Springfield (MO), Tulsa, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Midland, Frisco

SL: Tennessee, Rocket City, Birmingham, Rome, Augusta, Montgomery, Mississippi, Pensacola, Biloxi, Jacksonville

EL: Bowie, Richmond (VA), Fredericksburg, Akron, Altoona, Harrisburg, Wilmigton (DE), Reading, Trenton, Portland (ME), New Hampshire, Hartford
04-21-2020 07:54 PM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Advertisement


Wedge Offline
Moderator
*

Posts: 16,544
Joined: May 2010
Reputation: 715
I Root For: California
Location: TROS
Post: #4
RE: Minor leagues agree in principle to MLB plan to reduce affiliated minor league teams
When this proposal was first leaked a few months ago, it was reported back then that a Saint Paul franchise would replace Fresno with Fresno moving to the A California League, and that another team (possibly Round Rock) would move to AA so that a AAA team (presumably the Astros AAA affiliate) could be in Sugar Land.

MLB wants to cut minor league travel and eliminate the shuffling of MiLB teams that sometimes leaves MLB teams stuck with a AAA team on the other side of the country (last year the Nationals' AAA team was in Fresno), so it's possible the PCL could be an 8-team league with the AAA teams of the 8 MLB clubs in the west. If that happened, it's likely that Oklahoma City, which is not just an affiliate but is also owned by the LA Dodgers, would be in the PCL.
04-21-2020 08:58 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
UofMark Offline
Heisman
*

Posts: 5,018
Joined: Apr 2004
Reputation: 428
I Root For: Memphis
Location: East Memphis
Post: #5
RE: Minor leagues agree in principle to MLB plan to reduce affiliated minor league teams
It's always seemed strange that Memphis was in the Pacific Coast League. The travel to play the teams in the far west is brutal even though the PCL used an unbalanced schedule where only 30 of the 140 games were against teams in the other conference, that is the far west. I had heard some talk, that's probably all it was, that the American Association may reform after it disbanded after the 1997 season. It would include Round Rock, San Antonio, OKC, Wichita, Omaha, Iowa (Des Moines), Memphis and Nashville. That's 8 Central time zone teams. Two old American Association teams, Louisville and Indianapolis would come back in giving us 3, 10 team Triple A leagues, all pretty much geographically footprinted equally. Sugarland would become Double A and fall right into the Texas League while St Paul would align perfectly with the Class A Midwest League.
04-23-2020 10:20 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 




User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)


Copyright © 2002-2020 Collegiate Sports Nation Bulletin Board System (CSNbbs), All Rights Reserved.
CSNbbs is an independent fan site and is in no way affiliated to the NCAA or any of the schools and conferences it represents.
This site monetizes links. FTC Disclosure.
We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit http://www.networkadvertising.org.
Powered By MyBB, © 2002-2020 MyBB Group.