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Per Ballpark Digest, Major League Baseball intends to reduce its affiliation with 42 minor league teams including Jackson, Chattanooga, and the entire Appalachian League including Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Elizabethton and Greeneville, Tennessee. By retraction, the league will no longer provide players for the teams nor will they be affiliated with a particular Major League Team.
So how does MLB feel about the changes?
And what is the reaction from MiLB (at least the losers in this deal....
But a more recent article indicates there is some significant pushback from political sources forming....
So maybe, this idiocy can be stopped. I love minor league baseball and have been to Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Johnson City and it is a wonderful product. MLB's minor league contraction could be business suicide as the anti-trust exemption could possibly be removed. IMHO, the Senate with it's small state bias might be for it, but counting votes in congress where MLB cities are heavily represented might be a tougher call.
Not sure if this could belong under another topic, but I just caught wind that North Carolina is looking into pioneering 'Hydrail" service between our two largest cities. This would be a hydrogen powered train that only emits water vapor. It would be cleaner and more efficient that the ancient diesels they use now, and cheaper, and still technically cleaner than electrifying the whole line, which could cost $10-16 million per mile. I heard of this via Charlotte Stories but was able to confirm with some other local news sources. At work currently but I can add links for further verification soon.
Recently @Jones_ posted in the Triangle Economic News thread about Kane's desire for better transit at North Hills and how it would be amusing if he ended up being what could light a fire to cause light rail to actually become a thing around here.
This could be a fun exercise in the creativity of people on here. If you had to figure out how to run a light rail line between downtown (let's say the new Union Station) to North Hills, how would you route it? Would you go straight up Capital and over? Would you add a jog over to Five Points? Where would you have stops (if any)? Are the kind of developer that would be frugal/conservative to the community, would you bulldoze a daycare while laughing from your corner office, would you find a balance somewhere in between? Go go go!
I encourage use of Google's MyMaps to facilitiate and share ideas: