The minor leagues are undergoing a major shock, with the teams out. But it all seems calm for the main office of Portland Sea Dogs. The employees have returned to work (and away from society) at Hadlock Field
“We are planning and preparing for the 2021 season as we normally would at this time of year,” said Geoff Iacuessa, president and general manager of Sea Dogs.
Normally, Sea Dogs will schedule a ticket opening date – usually the first Saturday of November. But no sales date has been announced. One reason for that is that no schedules have been made public yet.
Lacuessa said the schedule was not approved until an agreement was reached between the Youth Baseball and the Baseball League – an organization officially known as the National Professional Baseball Association.
However, NAPBL’s days seem to be scheduled. Major League Baseball is slick and take over. On September 29, MLB announced that the Appalachian League – a cutting-edge rookie tournament of 10 teams – would be converted into a summer university tournament with USA Baseball. Minor League Baseball Office was not mentioned in the announcement.
The move is the start of MLB’s mission to reduce the mini league landscape by 25%, from 160 to 120 teams. Other advanced rookie and short-term leagues (including the New York-Penn League, the one with Red Sox’s Lowell Spinners) also seem to be transformed – into either professional or independent leagues.
On September 30, the contract between MLB and Minor League Baseball expires. The small federation office in St. Petersburg, Florida, sent out a press release saying talks continued for a new deal.
Major League Baseball claims that the agency intends to work with the owners of Minor League to develop the game by building a new model. But the negotiations were with the owners, not with Minor League Baseball office.