Saving Mercer baseball: National effort underway to preserve minor league teams

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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Washington, December 9, 2019 | comments

A coordinated national effort is under way to try to save 42 Minor League baseball teams, including the Bluefield Blue Jays and Princeton Rays.

The bipartisan group, Save Minor League Baseball Task Force, was recently announced by several members of Congress, including Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia.

Last month, Major League Baseball said the current plan is to eliminate the teams after the 2020 season, mainly as a cost-saving measure. The Appalachian League is slated to end and all teams, with the exception of Pulaski, to disband.

Local and state officials have expressed dismay about the possible decision and the impact it would have on the communities.

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