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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Mayors Berke, Whaley, Benjamin to Announce Mayors’ Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball

I don’t know why, but I feel like MLB is up to something with the MiLB and trying to shrink the teams.

Mayors Berke, Whaley, Benjamin to Announce 
Mayors’ Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball

Group seeks to protect America’s beloved Minor League against MLB’s 
devastating plan to eliminate 42 hometown teams 
WASHINGTON – Mayors of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dayton, Ohio, and Columbia, S.C. tomorrow will announce the official formation of the Mayors’ Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball

The Task Force will be co-chaired by Chattanooga Mayor Andy BerkeDayton Mayor Nan Whaley, and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

The mayors will host a telephone news conference at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.   

Major League Baseball (MLB) in November proposed a dramatic restructuring to cut 42 of the 160 Minor League Baseball (MiLB) teams. Should the plan move forward, it would devastate communities across the country and have negative impacts for all affiliated minor league clubs, as it would decrease the value of the entire league.  

Among the 42 teams targeted to fold is Mayor Berke’shometown Chattanooga Lookouts. The team, with roots dating back to 1885, has been an integral part of the community for generations.   

The mayors will discuss formation of the Task Force, which follows on a Congressional Task Force established in December, and the strategy to continue the momentum on this issue before taking questions.

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