Sen. Schumer urges MLB Commissioner to reconsider minor league plan

Created: November 21, 2019 05:37 PM

(WHEC) — Recently a list of minor league teams that would be removed from their Major League Baseball affiliations under proposed changes was leaked to a newspaper.

It has some concerned that the future of Minor League Baseball in Upstate New York is in jeopardy.


Under the plan, which is still in its exploratory phase, 42 minor league teams across the county, three of which are in Upstate New York, would be stripped of their Major League affiliations.

That wouldn’t mean they would have to cease operations, but they wouldn’t be assigned players drafted by Major League organizations.

The Batavia Muckdogs are on the list of 42 teams.

News10NBC spoke with Senator Chuck Schumer about the proposed Minor League plan. He said he’s urged MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to speak with the Muckdogs before making any decisions.

Senator Schumer said he also stressed the importance of having professional baseball players as role models for young kids.

"Well, in a community like Batavia when a young kid sees the minor league team it gives them a good role model,” Schumer said. “Baseball is not just a fun game, it teaches kids a lot, I played little league ball, I learned teamwork, I learned sportsmanship, I learned courage when they hit a line drive not to back away but to catch it. And it was a great thing, I remember baseball being one of the greatest things in my life when I was a little kid and to have the Muckdogs in Batavia says that to a whole lot of kids."

MLB Commissioner Manfred is from Upstate New York. He was born and raised in Rome, NY. Senator Schumer says he hopes Manfred’s upbringing will make him more sympathetic to saving Upstate New York’s teams.

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