Akron RubberDucks praise Congress for trying to save Minor League Baseball

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Posted at 10:14 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 22:14:25-05

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron RubberDucks are standing behind an effort to save Minor League Baseball.

The team said they are thankful for the newly created Save Minor League Baseball Task Force that has been organized by members of Congress to save 42 franchises from being eliminated.

“We appreciate the support of Rep. Lori Trahan (D.-Massachusetts), David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and the members of the task force in standing up for Minor League Baseball and speaking out against MLB’s effort cast off thousands of jobs, reduce affordable, family-friendly entertainment and undermine grassroots support for our great game,” said General Manager Jim Pfander.

The RubberDucks are not one of the teams on the list facing possible elimination under the MLB's proposal, but they want to stand united with other franchises in the league.

“With this proposal, MLB is willing to break the hearts of dozens of communities across the country,” said Pfander. “While we have a wonderful relationship with the City of Akron as well as our MLB affiliate, the Cleveland Indians, we want to support our sister clubs who equally provide great value to their communities. We are going to resist this plan and are gratified that so many in Congress are willing to join with us.”

The RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.