Rob Manfred and MLB GMs Working on Plan to Essentially Destroy Minor League Baseball

Divisional Series - Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees - Game One
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Minor League Baseball has been a staple of the game for centuries, serving to facilitate the player development of prospects who might eventually end up playing in the MLB, while bringing the game to communities across the nation that are too small to sustain big league ball.

And that means nothing to our current commissioner, apparently.

The days of an expansive MiLB slate may be cut short in the near future, with Rob Manfred and a few current MLB general managers looking to eliminate about a fourth of all minor league teams in a cost-cutting measure.

If successful, Manfred would be playing a large part destroying the minor leagues and everything they stands for. His justification for this action is that cutting the amount of minor league teams will save money to upgrade other minor league facilities and improve the conditions of the lives of minor league players.

Of course, Major League Baseball makes more than enough revenue to do this anyway, without slicing the lower levels of the game.

With this plan comes several ramifications, notably the fact that the proprietors of the minor league teams being cut would lose the money they invested in their teams. That's before anyone considers the amount of jobs that are going to be lost from this move as well.

Not only that, but some minor league teams that will potentially be cut are found in the oddest of places, in order to make baseball more accessible to a wider array of people. Take their team away from them, and it'll be even more difficult to rein those fans back in to the sport.

All in all, this is not a good move by the commissioner's office, as this would stunt the growth of baseball in many communities, limit the number of players given the opportunity to play professional baseball, and be a bad look for the sport in general.

It's unfortunate that money always talks the loudest in the end.