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LAT: Bernie Sanders is on a crusade to save 42 minor league baseball teams

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Interesting teams on this list, looks like they want to eliminate the whole Pioneer League:

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/all-42-teams-reportedly-up-for-elimination-in-mlbs-minor-league-reduction-proposal/

Remember when baseball wanted to contract the Angels? I hope they back down on this too. Several of these teams look profitable.  

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I don't understand the minor league system as it is. Each team really should have 3 levels A AA AAA. The players should be paid more at each level and the travel should be better. 

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7 minutes ago, Kevinb said:

I don't understand the minor league system as it is. Each team really should have 3 levels A AA AAA. The players should be paid more at each level and the travel should be better. 

Except that isn’t enough disparity in talent.  17 year olds competing with 22 year olds in A ball?

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1 minute ago, Stradling said:

Except that isn’t enough disparity in talent.  17 year olds competing with 22 year olds in A ball?

Trout came up at 19 and played in the bigs. People can do it. It just doesn't happen enough. If they change the system people will get used to it. Kids who are 19 jump into the NBA with grown men and that is a much more physically demanding sport then baseball. 

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1 minute ago, Kevinb said:

Trout came up at 19 and played in the bigs. People can do it. It just doesn't happen enough. If they change the system people will get used to it. Kids who are 19 jump into the NBA with grown men and that is a much more physically demanding sport then baseball. 

Yes Trout and Arod and Griffey and Acuna can all do it.   And thousands can’t.  

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Just now, Stradling said:

Yes Trout and Arod and Griffey and Acuna can all do it.   And thousands can’t.  

But thousands can play in A ball against older competition by a year or two. And if they can't well then they probably aren't going to make the bigs anyway. 

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Just now, Stradling said:

Also NBA players use pure athleticism which a player can have at 19.  MLB players need reps except for the very best and the absolute freaks.  

You get reps by playing which 19 year olds would in A ball. 

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