12/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 17:57
WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after meeting with Major League Baseball (MLB) Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem:
'The First District of Tennessee is home to four minor league baseball teams in the Appalachian League - with a fifth right across the border in Bristol, Virginia. There are ongoing discussions between MLB and its minor league affiliates about the future of minor league baseball, and since half of the Appalachian League teams play in our region, I want to be active in ensuring America's pastime is preserved for generations to come. For that reason, I met with Deputy Commissioner Halem to discuss the concerns our communities have with the potential loss of the Appalachian League and its impact on Northeast Tennessee. I look forward to continuing on working to preserve baseball in the First District of Tennessee.'
Note: Out of 10 Appalachian League teams, the First District of Tennessee is home to four teams: the Elizabethton Twins, Greeneville Reds, Johnson City Cardinals and Kingsport Mets, and the Bristol Pirates are right across the border in Bristol, Virginia. Congressman Roe joined 106 of his colleagues in urging MLB Commissioner Manfred to reconsider the plan to cut these teams and protect minor league baseball in their communities. Read the full letter sent to the MLB here.