Leaked Details Likely Means Many Changes For The Renegades
Leaked details about MLB's alleged plan to "destroy minor league baseball" should lead to many changes for the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Major League Baseball hopes to eliminate over 40 existing minor league baseball teams when the Professional Baseball Agreement between the majors and minors expires at the end of the 2020 season, Ballpark Digest reports.
The plan would eliminate a number of short-season leagues, including the New York-Penn League, the league the Hudson Valley Renegades play in.
The following teams from the New York-Penn League are slate to be eliminated:
- Auburn Doubledays
- Batavia Muckdogs
- Connecticut Tigers
- Lowell Spinners
- Mahoning Valley Scrappers
- Williamsport Crosscutters
- State College Spikes
- Staten Island Yankees
- Vermont Lake Monsters
The remaining teams in the short-season A-ball league, including the Renegades, will be reassigned. The Renegades along with the Tri-City ValleyCats, West Virginia Black Bears and Aberdeen IronBirds would move to newly formed Class-A league. The Brooklyn Cyclones will move to the Double-A Eastern Eastern League.
While this plan would change many things about the Renegades, this could be good news for Hudson Valley residents. The Daily News reports, the Renegades will move to a full season Class-A League, which would likely mean more Renegades games each summer.
If the plan happens as stated, New York State would lose four Minor League teams. The communities in Staten Island, Binghamton, Batavia and Auburn could all lose their teams.
Many are upset with the leaked details. The Daily News says MLB's Commissioner plans "to destroy minor league baseball," while Ballpark Digest calls it an "Assault on Hometown Baseball."
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