(Staten Island, NY) - The Staten Island Yankees today praised the newly created Save Minor League Baseball Task Force that has been organized by members of Congress to prevent Major League Baseball (MLB) from eliminating 42 minor league franchises, nearly one quarter of all minor league teams around the country.
"We appreciate the support of Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Massachusetts), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Staten Island's own Max Rose (D-New York) and the members of the task force in standing up for Minor League Baseball and speaking out against MLB's effort to cast off thousands of jobs, reduce affordable, family-friendly entertainment and undermine grassroots support for our great game," said T.J. Jahn, Staten Island Yankees General Manager.
The Staten Island Yankees have been identified as one of the 42 franchises facing elimination under the MLB proposal.
Minor league teams are vital to the social and economic lives of millions of Americans; they support scores of local businesses and jobs, provide accessible entertainment, help promote tourism spending and donate tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions.
"With this proposal, MLB is willing to break the hearts of dozens of communities across the country," said Jahn. "We are going to resist this plan and are gratified that so many in Congress are willing to join with us."
About Staten Island Yankees
The Staten Island Yankees are the Class A Short Season Affiliate of the New York Yankees and play at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. The Staten Island Yankees are six-time New York-Penn League Champions (2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011). The 2020 season begins on the road on June 18th and the home opener is on Friday, June 19th against the Brooklyn Cyclone at 7 p.m. For more information, visit siyanks.com and pizzarats.com.
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