Senator Bernie Sanders joins Nats' closer Sean Doolittle's fight against MiLB changes

Rachel Hopmayer
NBC Sports Washington

After Nationals closer Sean Doolittle expressed disappointment on Twitter with proposed minor league restructuring, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) joined the online discussion, supporting Doolittle's argument.

In response to continuing testimonies that MiLB players are unfairly paid to play in poor conditions, Major League Baseball proposed a solution that would eliminate 42 teams (over one quarter of the total 160 minor league clubs) in order to reallocate that money. The list is comprised of teams mostly from four Rookie Leagues with short seasons and a handful in Class AA and A.  

Of closest concern for Senators Sanders lies at home. In Vermont, this plan would eliminate the Oakland A's short-season A affiliate in Burlington -- the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League. 

In Maryland, both the Orioles' Advanced-A Frederick Keys and the Nationals' Class A Hagerstown Suns would be scrapped. In the Nationals' scope of impact also lies the Short-Season A Auburn Doubledays.

In Virginia, Pittsburgh's rookie-level Bristol Pirates would cease to exist, as well as Atlanta's Danville Braves rookie team.

Removing these teams from baseball's farm system destroys backbones within smaller communities for local businesses that bring commerce and tourism not otherwise blowing down their roads. Thousands of players would no longer live there at least seasonally, as well as hundreds of jobs and infrastructure connected to these teams would be eliminated.


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