Saving minor league baseball is swiftly becoming a new national pastime for the US House of Representatives. A new “Save Minor League Baseball Task Force” will be introduced on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., next Tuesday, when a group of representatives take their efforts to stop Major League Baseball’s proposal to strip 42 minor league teams across the country of their major league affiliation to a new level.
Representative Lori Trahan, a Massachusetts Democrat whose Merrimack Valley district encompasses the threatened Lowell Spinners, and Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.) will cochair the bipartisan task force. They will be joined by two other cochairs, yet to be announced, as well as Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Conner and some minor league franchise owners.
Last week, Trahan and McKinley cowrote a letter, signed by 104 other representatives, urging MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to drop the overhaul proposal, which was revealed during ongoing negotiations between MLB and MiLB.
On Monday, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced his opposition to MLB’s plan as well.