US Senator Bernie Sanders said Saturday he was “outraged” at MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s threat to terminate the major companies’ association with the Minor League Baseball.
Sanders, I-Vt., Who is running for president as a Democrat, wrote in a letter to Manfred that the MLB is negotiating “bad faith” with the minor leagues in a new professional baseball deal (PBA). As he did in November, Sanders called on the MLB to withdraw its proposal to eliminate 42 minor league links and start paying junior players a “living wage”.
Sanders added that it would be wrong for Manfred to think that Congress would “sit idle”.
The Los Angeles Times noted on Friday that Sanders is scheduled to meet Sunday in Iowa, one of the early presidential capitals, with minor league officials, officials and former players. The small league team in Burlington, Iowa, is one of 42 clubs in danger of losing to MLB after next season.
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The MLB, in a public dispute over MiLB, said in a statement Friday night that MiLB “must address the very important issues with the current system at the negotiating table.
“Otherwise, MLB teams will be free to work with any league team or potential team in the United States, including independent league teams and cities that are not allowed to compete for a subsidiary under the current agreement.”
The MLB responded to a lengthy response from MiLB to Manfred’s comments at the Winter Meetings on the negotiations.
Sanders was critical of the negotiations after it was reported that a Vermont-based team could lose the MLB partnership. The MLB, in a statement on Friday, said it “has assured every civil servant who has contacted us that the MLB will work diligently to maintain organized baseball in a thrilling, fan-friendly form in every American city that today has a affiliate. such a commitment. “
The MLB proposed moving the 42 non-affiliated clubs into a so-called “dream league” that would function as a de facto independent championship for intolerant players.