Gerrit Cole signed, but nothing about MLB is fixed yet

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Marvin Miller is in the Hall of Fame… now what?

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Nationals’ owner claims they can’t afford both Strasburg and Rendon

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Orioles aim to be bad on purpose this time

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MLB’s threat to shrink the minors is directed at the players

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Royals’ offseason a symptom of modern MLB ownership

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Rob Manfred declares war on the MLBPA

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Congress sends letter to MLB over MiLB disaffiliating, but what does it mean?

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MLB thinks paying MiLB players is a “waste”

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We now know the identity of the 42 minor-league teams MLB plans to shut down as part of a major restructuring of Minor League Baseball. The New York Times published the list this weekend, and there are some threads to pull on within it that reveal some of MLB’s intent: we’ll focus on the idea of “waste” today.

Just 14 of the shuttered teams are full-season, out of 120 that exist right now. However, 28 of the 40 short-season teams out there would be disaffiliated: those are inherently lower on the attendance spectrum, considering they are short-season leagues, in smaller parks, often in smaller cities that maybe couldn’t support something the size and scope of a Triple-A team and its park. That doesn’t mean they failed to, say, pay for the stadium they do have to be built, or that the people within those cities aren’t enjoying having a team in town. As Neil deMause writes:

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Scott Boras opened up about MLB’s attendance issues

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