Major League Baseball is proposing to cut ties with 42 minor league teams, including the Oakland A’s affiliated Washington Nationals’-affiliated Vermont Lake Monsters.
"But officials at Vermont's minor league baseball team are vowing to fight MLB's efforts to cut ties. "This is a pretty drastic idea, ... one that this industry has never seen before," said Kyle Bostwick, vice president of the Vermont Lake Monsters. "And we're a strong franchise that is economically viable. You know, we have strong local ownership with a huge impact on the local community, so it doesn't make any sense."
Bostwick said the MLB proposal is not a done deal and could be rejected by the Minor League Ownership Committee. News reports have documented MLB's concerns about antiquated minor league facilities and the distance between some teams and their parent clubs.
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