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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton, Members of Colorado Delegation Send Letter to Rockies Regarding MLB-MiLB Future

November 21, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort emphasizing the importance of the Minor League (MiLB)-Major League (MLB) relationship in smaller market baseball clubs in Colorado. Tipton was joined by his Colorado House delegation colleagues Reps. Jason Crow, Ed Perlmutter Doug Lamborn, Joe Neguse, and Ken Buck, in a bipartisan effort to support Colorado’s Minor League baseball teams.

The letter follows the news that an MLB proposal would potentially cut ties with over nearly 40 MiLB clubs affecting teams like the Grand Junction Rockies and the Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain Vibes. This proposal could have nation-wide implications, but the letter to Monfort exclusively expresses the desire to protect the existing farm teams in Colorado.

The letter in part reads:

“Professional baseball is an important aspect for fans of all interest levels, especially fans who live outside of the Denver metro area. Having access to minor league teams not only has unmatched economic benefits to the areas, but they allow for families to enjoy professional baseball games in their hometowns. Since their establishment in 1993, the Colorado Rockies have embraced relationships with other Colorado communities providing an affordable option to watch baseball’s next stars, have a hotdog, and take part in America’s pastime without having to drive for many hours to see the Big-League team.

As a delegation, we value the relationship that the Rockies baseball club and other MLB teams have built with communities across Colorado over the last three decades. These communities have watched the beginnings of the careers for many of the players that have risen through the ranks to play for teams such as the Blake Street Bombers, the 2007 World Series team, and the perpetual all-stars on the current roster. We are concerned that MLB’s decision to cut the number of guaranteed Player Development Contracts from 160 to 120 may have long-lasting negative impacts for baseball fans and their communities.”

The discussions to determine the future of the MLB-MiLB partnership is in its early phases, but the delegation’s letter is intended to reinforce the community support of the existing agreement and improving the local teams’ relationship with the MLB.

The full letter from the Colorado members can be found here.

Earlier this week, 106 members from the House of Representatives sent MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred a separate letter expressing their concerns of the proposal.

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