Morelle speaks on proposed cuts to MLB-affiliated minor league teams

Carly Mascitti
Updated: November 19, 2019 11:33 PM
Created: November 19, 2019 11:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There's a lot of uncertainty for lower-level minor league baseball teams across the country after a proposal was leaked that intends to limit the number of affiliated minor league teams.

In the proposal, 42 of the current 160 teams would lose their affiliations. That's nearly 26% of teams. 


The Batavia Muckdogs are one of three Upstate New York teams on the list of those that could be affected by the limitations. Batavia has been home to the Muckdogs since 1939, making the Muckdogs an integral part of summertime in Genesee County.

News10NBC spoke to Congressman Joe Morelle on Tuesday. He, like many, wants baseball saved in local communities.

"You can't have it both ways. You can't expect the federal government to offer all these protections to the sport, but that the sport has no obligation to the federal government in the way that it organizes and impacts communities across the country," Morelle said.

"I'd say if you want those protections, you want them to continue, you have to have a reasonable and thoughtful conversation with the Congress about how they're gonna reorganize and what the challenges are and whether or not there are ways to meet those challenges without disrupting 40 different franchises around the country."

The Auburn Doubledays and Binghamton Rumble Ponies are also on the list.

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