WASHINGTON, D.C.— Major League Baseball recently released a proposal that would sever ties with 42 minor-league affiliate clubs across the country. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement regarding the proposal which could impact the Grand Junction Rockies:
“The MLB’s connection to the Grand Junction Rockies offers many Coloradans a chance to experience professional baseball right in their backyard. For an affordable price, families can see 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. Families in Western Colorado and in smaller communities across the country could lose this opportunity should the MLB proceed with this proposal. MLB should focus on improving baseball in rural areas, not eliminating it. From the economic benefits and entertainment value in communities and the robust player development programs, minor league teams have a tremendous impact on baseball as a whole and I hope Commissioner Manfred reconsiders this proposal.”
Tipton also joined 105 members from the U.S. House of Representatives in signing a letter addressed to the Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred disapproving of the proposal. The letter reads in part:
“For over a century, Congress has taken numerous actions specifically designed to protect, preserve, and sustain a system and structure for both Major and Minor League Baseball to flourish.
You are the most important steward of the great game of baseball and tasked with ensuring the popularity and love of it across the world. Reducing the number of Minor League Baseball clubs and overhauling a century-old system that has been consistently safeguarded by Congress is not in the best interest of the overall game of baseball, especially when Major League Baseball’s revenues are at all-time highs.”
The full letter can be found here