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Tim Ryan, 66 Congress members seek Minor League Baseball status quo

“The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are a pillar of our community and provide an affordable and fun way for families to spend time together,” Ryan said.
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Fans of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers aren’t thrilled with the possibility that their pipeline to Major League Baseball may end after the 2020 season. (Photo by David Dermer)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland joined 66 members of Congress Tuesday (Jan. 28) to introduce a bipartisan resolution saying that Major League Baseball should maintain the current minor league structure rather than proceed with its plan to eliminate 42 minor league clubs. 

Ryan is a member of the Save Minor League Baseball Task Force.

“The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are a pillar of our community and provide an affordable and fun way for families to spend time together,” Ryan said in a news release. “These Minor League teams are an integral part of American baseball. Not only do they offer a pipeline to the MLB, they stand as a cultural cornerstone in communities like mine.” 

Text of the resolution can be found here.

“The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have been an important part of the community for over 20 years, and the potential loss would have significant economic and cultural impact on our community,” said Jordan Taylor, general manager and vice president of HWS Baseball.




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