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Vac’s Whacks: my one season covering minor league baseball instilled a love of writing the game that’s sustained me for years; please remember the gaping hole that leaves in a lot of hearts this summer — and going forward, if the Commissioner gets his way.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 MiLB season, Pat O’Conner painted a dark picture of the future of Minor League Baseball.

Absence of minor league games leaves a hole in baseball's soul

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Yes, kids are there for the mascots, the ballpark treats, fireworks and the shenanigans on the field, but Minor League Baseball is smart enough to know that’s the hook to wanting them to come back, and every time they do or want to, you expose them …

While Major League Baseball is set to resume with a 60-game season beginning on July 23, the minor league season has been canceled outright due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons on Tuesday after Major League Baseball decided not to provide any players to its affiliated teams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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@MLB  is proposing to cut 42 Minor League Baseball clubs. This has nothing to do with what's good for baseball and everything to do with greed. It would destroy thousands of jobs and devastate local economies. I'm urging @MLB  Commissioner Manfred to stop this proposal.

The MLB is threatening to entirely eliminate Minor League Baseball. We will not sit by and let that happen. Join us live from Burlington, IA for a meeting and batting practice with minor league players and employees:

As part of a new agreement on opioids being negotiated between Major League Baseball and the players’ union, MLB will remove marijuana from the list of banned substances for minor leaguers, sources tell The Athletic. Major leaguers have not been subject to testing for marijuana.

Sean is absolutely right. Closing down Minor League teams, like the Vermont Lake Monsters, would be a disaster for baseball fans, workers, and communities across the country. We must protect these teams from corporate greed.

Jake the Diamond Dog, also known as "the best darn dog in professional baseball," delivers water to umpires during minor league game.

Congress just made it legal to pay minor league baseball players less than minimum wage & stripped away their overtime protections. This isn’t just bad policy – it’s bad baseball. Talented players shouldn’t be shut out because they can’t make a living.

LeBron James has his number retired by his hometown minor league baseball team, the Akron RubberDucks.

On this date in 1994, Michael Jordan signed a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox.

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One hazard of playing minor league baseball in Florida: alligators in the dugout. (via @kmckenzie13 )

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