A month ago news broke at both Baseball America and The New York Times that Major League Baseball was pushing for an overhaul of Minor League Baseball, with a big aspect of that being the elimination of 42 teams in the United States. When the news first broke the teams were said to “mostly” be from short-season rookie-level teams.
The New York Times released the list of those 42 teams and it includes four teams that are currently Cincinnati Reds minor league affiliates. On the list released on Saturday the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, the Advanced-A Daytona Tortugas, the rookie-level Billings Mustangs, and the rookie-level Greeneville Reds were among the 42 teams proposed to be eliminated by Major League Baseball.
The Reds, just like everyone else, would keep four full-season teams. But they wouldn’t include either Daytona or Chattanooga – and it seems both of those towns would lose their minor league affiliations, too. That is if the plan set for by Major League Baseball were to go through. And while I wrote that, mostly, I felt this was more of an “opening offer” that was meant to get the attention of minor league teams to get them to make some concessions to Major League Baseball in some areas last month when I was writing about all of this news, my tune is changing a little bit.
In another New York publication on Saturday there was more news on this front. The New York Daily News had more information, and you should be sure to read the entire article. There’s a lot of interesting things within from Bill Madden on the whole deal, but this part stood out a little bit more than the rest:
I cannot believe the arrogance of these people,” he said. “They don’t care about lawsuits or anything. They think they’re bullet proof. They’ve told us, ‘We’re doing this and there’s no discussion about it, and if you don’t like it, we’ll form our own minor leagues.
In the month since things first broke it has seemingly gotten worse. Or at the very least, we’ve learned more information about what’s been going on behind the scenes for a while now. This article has several quotes from sources that just make it seem like Major League Baseball isn’t playing around – this isn’t a negotiation as much as it is a heads up.