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That really troubles me, too. I love the Appy League.

I don't live within its footprint, but when I was laid off during the recession and had some time off, my wife and I took a trip through the whole league, and had a great time. There's nothing quite like seeing players participate in a cow-milking competition in Elizabethton, or breathing the air in Pulaski, or seeing a young bluegrass band from ETSU playing in front of the stadium in Johnson City. And that park in Greeneville is a thing of beauty.

I unfortunately don't see the Appy League thriving as a summer collegiate league. The only way it has survived in recent years has been direct ownership by MLB franchises. If MLB is prepared to subsidize it significantly, and USA Baseball does something like make it a preferred route to the National Team, maybe it will be great. But I just worry that they aren't going to be able to pull it off. They are already playing catch-up, as the elite summer leagues are FINISHING their rosters in August-September, and they're just starting theirs in December.

That's what I hate so much about everything MLB has done: it seems to have been done with a complete and utter disregard for the communities in which these teams are located, and the tradition and history of each team. They seem to think that minor league baseball is minor league baseball, and that the individual teams don't matter much except for how far they are from the major league affiliate (i.e., $$$). But "organized baseball" (by which I mean all affiliated ball, independent ball, and summer collegiate ball in the country) has a long history, and MiLB had been largely untouched since the B, C, and D levels were eliminated. Teams are woven into the fabric of towns.

My home team is preserved (albeit with a weak minor league system feeding it, and a brand-new league with completely different rivals), and most of the other teams close to me have been preserved (Trenton is the exception). And I think there would be a revolt of scouts, players, and fans if they try to touch the supremacy of the Cape League -- one of the few remaining good and pure things in this world. But other than that, I have no idea. I really dislike Manfred and what he's done to MiLB and to summer collegiate baseball. He may be making some friends in front offices, but he's making enemies in the MLBPA and in smaller cities and towns across America.

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Posted: 12/15/2020 at 09:55AM


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