Author Topic: The future of the minor leagues  (Read 246 times)

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Offline LincolnDD

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Re: The future of the minor leagues
« Reply #25: September 14, 2020, 08:59:44 PM »
I'm really curious to see how this works out. It doesn't seem to me that there are enough teams placed in a manner that reduces travel within leagues and aligns team geographically with the parents orgs and other affiliates.

To be sure, logistically, there is a set of relationships (affiliates, leagues, etc) that optimizes the problem. But given how teams and affiliations never achieved that solution on their own, I have doubts that they'll be able to achieve it now.

It's definitely going to be a challenge.  We could see some pretty drastic changes, with teams and maybe entire leagues changing levels, and leagues getting split up.  From a Nationals perspective, the early rumor was Fresno being demoted to the California League, and the PCL dropping down to ten teams.

I know in the past people have wondered why the Nats don't just stick their AAA team in Richmond, only to be told it really wasn't that easy to make happen.  This time around, though, it could be a possibility.  The old rules won't apply when the current MLB/MiLB agreement expires in a few weeks.

Here are some scenarios I've found.  Not sure I see these as completely logical, but they do give a sense of what we could see:

Johns Hopkins (I believe these are the folks who typically create MiLB schedules):  https://releases.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Minor-League-Baseball-Realignment-v5-03-18-20.pdf

Don't know who this is, but I liked some of his ideas:  https://medium.com/@marklavis/a-seismic-minor-league-baseball-realignment-scenario-c9187173239a