Major League Baseball owners recently announced tentative plans to eliminate 42 Minor League Baseball teams coast to coast, including the Batavia Muckdogs.

Sadly, rural-based Minor League organizations where fans have a rare opportunity to watch professional baseball while being loyal ambassadors to the sport, along with representing a slice of Americana, are on the chopping block, including the Appalachian, New York-Penn and Pioneer leagues. Meanwhile, 42 communities are rightly upset that millions of dollars were spent upgrading or building new stadiums that soon could be left in the dark.

Perhaps, the move is simply a ploy for MLB teams to demand increased fees from their Minor League affiliates. Hopefully, MLB owners will reconsider their ill-conceived contraction plans, which could ignite baseball fan boycotts while weakening professional baseball’s long-term future.

Anthony Levatino