January 28, 2021

As politicians rip Major League Baseball, the impact on negotiations with Minor League Baseball is unclear (The Athletic)


Minor League Baseball is handily winning its public relations battle with Major League Baseball. The question now is how much that matters — whether commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB’s owners are moved enough to change course.

At MLB’s owners meetings in Arlington, Texas last month, Manfred did not seem inclined to back down as Minor League Baseball went on a public offensive over the “120 plan,” the proposal that would remove 42 teams from Minor League Baseball’s current structure, entirely eliminating some and reorganizing others into a league that would still be affiliated with MLB, but at a lesser cost than the traditional arrangement.

The sides met on Friday in San Diego as they continue to negotiate the working arrangement, called the Professional Baseball Agreement, or PBA. All indications are that MLB is still pushing the 120 plan.

“What we got was a campaign of PR misinformation, appeals to Congress,” Manfred said in…

Read “As politicians rip Major League Baseball, the impact on negotiations with Minor League Baseball is unclear” at The Athletic