Major League Baseball plans to submit a proposal that would reduce the number of affiliated minor league teams from 160 to 120 in 2021, which would drastically change the way the development system works.
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This discussion will be because the Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams will expire in 2020, and the two sides seem farther apart than they have been in decades. It is not clear whether MLB has fully committed to reducing its minor league system or if this is just a starting point to negotiate, but discussions prove to be tough with so much on the line.
What does MLB plan to propose?  According to Baseball Americas reports, MLB reports that a quarter of minor league stadiums have facilities that are well below the level they want. But instead of investing in better infrastructure, the league wants to remove them from Minor League Baseball completely.
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The size and composition of different leagues would change with some Triple-A teams being asked to move down to Single-A and some going the opposite. The owners would be compensated for their loss of value, but the situation would not be ideal. Even more concerning would be the end of short seasons and rookie ball, which would effectively mean that a majority of draftees would not play in the year they are selected.
These rules would help ensure that teams spend similar money and no team has an advantage because they choose to spend more money. But it's hard to see how it benefits teams in addition to lining the owners' pockets.
Why does MLB propose these changes?
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The simplest explanation for why the owners want this change is that they want to save money, and if they get good pressure to raise players' wages during the process, it's just sauce. And that should be a disappointment for fans across the country.
A large base of baseball fans does not have easy access to a large league park or ticket prices for large ones. Losing a team after a city spent public money on a stadium would be disastrous, even though MLB plans to help ease some teams into independent ball or tree batting summer leagues. the number of teams would help MLB's product in the field. Sport is a business, but the owners should really prioritize the game itself over saving pocket change here and there.
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