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Following meeting, future of Appalachian League still uncertain

Staff reports • Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 1:22 AM

After a much-anticipated meeting on Wednesday concluded, the fate of Appalachian League baseball after the 2020 season remains in limbo.

According to an Associated Press report released late Wednesday, officials from Major League and Minor League Baseball met for an hour and MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem did most of the talking.

Also participating were MLB Executive Vice President Morgan Sword and D. Scott Poley, general counsel of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor leagues’ governing body.

Owners from the negotiating committees of both sides also were involved.

The sides did not address MLB’s proposal to cut the minimum total of affiliated minor league teams to 120, the most contentious issue in talks to replace the Professional Baseball Agreement that expires after this season.

A joint statement was released Thursday morning, saying, “The respective negotiating teams of Minor League and Major League Baseball held a constructive meeting on Wednesday. The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future.”

No date was set for the next meeting.

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