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Major League Baseball (MLB) is in negotiations with its minor league teams to “reorganize elements of the system” that could reduce the number of affiliated teams from 160 to 120, according to an ESPN report.
The current agreement between Major League Baseball and the minor league teams — called the Professional Baseball Agreement — expires at the end of the 2020 season. MLB is looking to make some major changes, according to reports, that would overhaul all levels of the minors, particularly at low Class A and below. The Rome Braves are Class A for the Atlanta Braves organization.
“We are in discussions with the owners of the Minor League teams to reorganize elements of the system with the goal of improving the working conditions of minor league players,” the MLB statement said, “including upgrading the facilities to Major League standards, increasing player compensation, reducing travel time between affiliates for road games, improving transportation and hotel accommodations, increasing the number of off days, and providing better geographical affiliations between the MLB clubs and affiliates.”
Other major changes would involve overhauling full-season minor leagues and shuffling teams throughout the Triple-A, Double-A, high Class A and low Class A levels into leagues that are more geographically friendly. The 40 teams at the lower levels that are not included in this venture would be reclassified into a “Dream League,” which would be run jointly by MLB and Minor League Baseball and would include players who were not selected in the draft, which under this proposal would be moved to after the College World Series and reduced to 20-25 rounds from the total of up to 40 in its current format.
Hometown Headlines reached out to the Rome Braves for comment on Saturday, but did not receive a response. In the meantime, improvements to State Mutual Stadium as part of the 2107 SPLOST are moving ahead. The Floyd County Commission is slated to approve work on the state totaling $1,854,980 during their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Improvements include redesign, upgrades to homeplate and addition of a premium terrace.
The Rome Braves return for the 2020 season on April 9th. 2020