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MiLB owners balk at MLB’s request for improved facilities at the lower levels


A proposal from Major League Baseball could result in 40 teams either losing their official minor league designation or folding altogether, according to a letter sent to MLB by Minor League Baseball president and chief executive officer Pat O’Conner.

With the current Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) between MLB and MiLB set to expire on Sept. 15, 2020, MLB is pushing for lower-level minor league teams to improve their facilities to meet major league standards.

“Clubs want their players to play in stadiums with medical facilities, training facilities, locker rooms and playing fields suitable for elite professional baseball players,” Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Dan Halem said in a statement to The Washington Post.