Report: 42 minor-league teams could lose MLB affiliation

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Major League Baseball is proposing a restructuring to its minor-league system that includes the removal of 42 teams, according to The New York Times.

Team Level MLB Affiliate
Auburn Doubledays Short-Season A Nationals
Batavia Muckdogs Short-Season A Marlins
Billings Mustangs Advanced Rookie Reds
Binghamton Rumble Ponies Double-A Mets
Bluefield Blue Jays Advanced Rookie Blue Jays
Bristol Pirates Rookie Pirates
Burlington Bees Single-A Angels
Burlington Royals Rookie Royals
Chattanooga Lookouts Double-A Reds
Clinton LumberKings Single-A Marlins
Connecticut Tigers Short-Season A Tigers
Danville Braves Rookie Braves
Daytona Tortugas Advanced A Reds
Elizabethton Twins Rookie Twins
Erie SeaWolves Double-A Tigers
Florida Fire Frogs Advanced A Braves
Frederick Keys Advanced A Orioles
Grand Junction Rockies Rookie Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers Advanced Rookie White Sox
Greeneville Reds Rookie Reds
Hagerstown Suns Single-A Nationals
Idaho Falls Chukars Advanced Rookie Royals
Jackson Generals Double-A Diamondbacks
Johnson City Cardinals Rookie Cardinals
Kingsport Mets Rookie Mets
Lancaster Jethawks Advanced A Rockies
Lexington Legends Single-A Royals
Lowell spinners Short-Season A Red Sox
Mahoning Valley Scrappers Short-Season A Indians
Missoula PaddleHeads Advanced Rookie Diamondbacks
Ogden Raptors Advanced Rookie Dodgers
Orem Owlz Advanced Rookie Angels
Princeton Rays Advanced Rookie Rays
Quad Cities River Bandits Single-A Astros
Rocky Mountain Vibes Rookie Brewers
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Short-Season A Giants
State College Spikes Short-Season A Cardinals
Staten Island Yankees Short-Season A Yankees
Tri-City Dust Devils Short-Season A Padres
Vermont Lake Monsters Short-Season A Athletics
West Virginia Power Single-A Mariners
Williamsport Crosscutters Short-Season A Phillies

The league said the change is necessary to improve efficiency and conditions of facilities, The New York Times reports.

An October report initially suggested MLB was considering a significant overhaul to the minor-league system.

If this plan - or a version of it - is adopted, the remaining minor-league system would need to be restructured.

"My job is to save baseball in all 42 of those communities," MiLB president and chief executive Pat O'Conner told Dan Barry of The New York Times.

The planned proposal is in its early stages, but the league hopes to implement it prior to the 2021 season after the current agreement between MLB and MiLB expires. If these teams are eliminated, a "Dream League" of undrafted players could be formed, sources told David Waldstein of The New York Times in October.

Report: 42 minor-league teams could lose MLB affiliation
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