CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded an announcement from Major League Baseball (MLB) and Prep Baseball Report (PBR) that they will be working together to form an MLB Draft League starting in 2021, a program that will save the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and keep baseball in the Valley. Brown led Congressional efforts to pressure MLB to do the right thing and save the Scrappers, after MLB identified the Scrappers as a team facing cuts from its club-affiliated minor league system as part of its negotiations over an updated agreement with the MiLB.
“So many of us have fought hard to protect the Mahoning Valley Scrappers because the team represents so much of what makes the Valley great — grit, determination and the ability to overcome adversity no matter the odds,” said Brown. “I’m glad that MLB listened. The formation of the MLB Draft League is good news for baseball and for fans in the Valley, who will get to continue to see high-level prospects in their own backyard and rally around the Scrappers again soon.”
In February, Brown (D-OH) joined a bipartisan resolution supporting Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and their efforts to fight Major League Baseball’s (MLB) proposal to cut clubs – including the Mahoning Valley Scrappers – from its MLB team-affiliated minor league system.
Brown and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) also wrote a letter to Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Robert Manfred urging him and MiLB to work in good faith with owners of the Scrappers to reach a productive solution that preserves the rich tradition of baseball in the Mahoning Valley.
The MLB Draft League will include top college-level prospects and allow the Scrappers to remain affiliated with the MLB. The Scrappers will be one of the founding members of the League that will also include the State College Spikes, West Virginia Black Bears, Williamsport Crosscutters and Trenton Thunder.