WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCBD) -Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg and Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin are joining forces with the mayors of Chattanooga, T.N. and Dayton, O.H. to create the Mayor’s Task Force to Save Minor League Baseball.
They officially announced the effort in a telephone news conference from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting on Wednesday.
The Task Force was formed in response to a “restructuring” plan put forth in November by Major League Baseball (MLB).
The proposal would cut 42 of the 160 Minor League Baseball Teams, according to a press release.
The move would decrease value to the entire league, as well has have significant negative impacts on the hometowns of the cut teams.
The formation of this Task force comes on the heels of a Congressional Task Force established in December.
We received a statement from an MLB spokesperson reading in part:
“Major League Baseball is proud to have a long-standing relationship with mayors around the country to promote youth sports and grow the game of baseball in communities across the United States. Negotiations with Minor League Baseball are at a very early stage and while no one can predict what the final agreement will look like at this point, MLB’s goals of improving working conditions for Minor League players and protecting baseball in South Carolina and local communities across the country remain unchanged…It is not Major League Baseball’s goal to eliminate any club in these negotiations, and MLB currently has a plan for every club to continue operations with some level of support.”