Mayors launch task force to oppose minor league contraction

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Chattanooga; Lookouts

By JAKE SEINER
AP Sports Writer

Dozens of mayors from across the United States have formed a task force opposing a proposal by Major League Baseball to eliminate 42 affiliated minor league franchises for the 2021 season.

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The coalition launched Tuesday with three leaders and was up to 30 members by Wednesday afternoon, ranging from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Hillsboro, Oregon.

They join a growing list of politicians including a congressional task force who are pummeling MLB over its proposal to cut more than a quarter of its 160 affiliates.

The league is citing concerns over the quality of facilities, travel and player salaries. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke calls it “a major league error.”



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