Congressman Tim Ryan Requests Meeting with MLB Commissioner to Discuss Saving the Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today requested a meeting with Major League Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred, to discuss Major League Baseball’s (MLB) plans to cut 42 Minor League (MiLB) teams – including the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Ryan has previously called on Manfred to reverse the decision.
“For over 20 years, the Scrappers have provided our community with an affordable and fun way for families to enjoy the game of baseball and spend time together. I hope Commissioner Manfred will meet me face-to-face so I can explain what an integral part of our community the Scrappers are, and he may reconsider cutting MLB’s support for our hometown team,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
Read Ryan’s full letter to MLB Commissioner here.
The MLB is considering a restructuring that would end its affiliation with teams like the Scrappers despite the fact that Minor League Baseball just completed its 15th consecutive season with an attendance above 40 million people. Many Minor League clubs would fail without an MLB Player Development Contract – leaving as many as 1,200 players out of work.
In his ongoing efforts to save the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Congressman Ryan joined with his Congressional colleagues to send two letters to Manfred (on November 19th and December 20th of last year) — both underscoring the damage this move would cause to the Mahoning Valley and communities across the country where the at-risk teams are located. Ryan joined his congressional colleagues to introduce a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Major League Baseball (MLB) should maintain the current minor league structure rather than proceed with its plan to eliminate 42 minor league clubs.