WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to affirm the role that Minor League Baseball teams, such as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, play in the economic and cultural development of the United States.
The legislation, known as HR 6020, commissioned a Government Accountability Office Report to evaluate the social, economic and historic contributions that Minor League Baseball has made to American life and culture.
“The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have been at Eastwood Field for 20 years — where young people and families can go watch professional baseball,” U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said in a news release. “They can afford it. They can hang out. It’s a five or 10 minute drive. It’s an important component of our community. No matter the ups and downs of our economy in Northeast Ohio over the last 20 years, we’ve had baseball. Now Major League Baseball is trying to cut over 40 teams. What we’re saying here in the United States Congress is no way.”