MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) -- Action is being taken against an MLB proposal that threatens the future of two Minor League Baseball teams in our area.
This week, four Congress members announced the official formation of the 'Save Minor League Baseball Task Force.' One of those members is Republican David McKinley, who represents West Virginia's 1st district. Others are Lori Trahan (D-MA), Max Rose (D-NY), and Mike Simpson (R-ID).
According to a press release, the Task Force will "advocate on behalf of the communities that stand to be most harmed by the MLB's proposal. Members say they will "closely monitor negotiations between the MLB and Minor League Baseball," and "discuss potential legislative action if, and when, it becomes necessary."
The Bluefield Blue Jays are also speaking out for the first time since the proposal was announced.
General Manager Rocky Malamisura released a statement following the Task Force's announcement, saying quote:
"We appreciate the support of the members of the Task Force in standing up for Minor League Baseball and speaking out against the MLB's effort to case off thousands of jobs, reduce affordable, family-friendly entertainment, and undermine grassroots support for our great game. With this proposal, the MLB is willing to break the hearts of dozens of communities across the country. We are going to resist this plan and are gratified that so many in Congress are willing to join us."
WVVA will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they become available.