Of the many wonderful storylines that have unfolded around baseball this offseason, one of the most important won’t even be seen at the major league level — in 2020, at least. A proposal to cut ties with 42 minor league teams across the country in favor of “making the minor leagues more efficient” and “cutting down on travel” has two Detroit Tigers affiliates in its crosshairs: the Double-A Erie SeaWolves and short-season Connecticut Tigers.
First, some background information. The above proposal is part of the negotiations between Major League Baseball and minor league teams for the Professional Baseball Agreement, a CBA of sorts between the major and minor league teams. Their current agreement expires after the 2020 season, after which Major League Baseball seems determined to make drastic changes.
As Baseball America notes, those negotiations could get a little messy.
The MLB proposal is just one idea at the start of what will likely be a lengthy negotiation, but the two sides are further apart than they have been in any PBA negotiation since 1990. At the core of the negotiations, MLB is looking to dramatically improve Minor League Baseball’s stadium…