State College Spikes could lose MLB affiliation under new proposal, team responds

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UPDATE 11/21/19 11:39 A.M — The State College Spikes have put out a statement regarding the reports of them being one of the teams losing MLB affiliation.

In the statement, the Spikes say the negotiations are early in the process and nothing is finalized. The Spikes would like to reassure fans that they are open for the 2020 season.

Read the full statement:

Over the past several weeks, multiple media outlets have reported about the reduction of Minor League Baseball teams for 2021 and beyond, including the State College Spikes and 41 other clubs throughout the United States.
 
MiLB is early in the negotiations with Major League Baseball, and the process is ongoing, with nothing finalized to this point and perhaps not for quite some time.
 
However, we are compelled to reassure our fans and stakeholders that we are open for business for the 2020 season, providing the 15th Season of fun, affordable family entertainment at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

We are also committed to once again support our local communities year-round. Through numerous events at the ballpark, as well as in-kind and monetary donations, we were able to help raise over $500,000 for local charities this past year alone and look forward to doing so again in the coming year.
 
In addition, while MLB has stated publicly that among their main concerns are facility standards, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park has always been fully compliant with MLB’s standards.
 
We look forward to making deer friends once again in 2020, and for many more years to come.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — The State College spikes could lose their MLB affiliation under a new proposal, according to a report by the New York Times.

The New York Times reports that a new proposal would strip 42 minor league teams of their affiliation with Major League teams.

WTAJ was able to speak to State College residents and the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau about the proposal.

“It’s just fun cause you can just get together, have a group of people come from work,” State College resident, Krissy Pydynowski said. “You’ve got all you can eat, the picnic booths, and then some other friends, we get together in the suites.”

According to the report, the MLB says the move is necessary to make the Minor Leagues more efficient, but many members of the team’s organizations say it is an “existential crisis.”

“The plan is very concerning,” the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau tells us. “The State College Spikes offer local residents and visitors enjoyable, affordable family entertainment in a top-notch facility. The economic impact would be detrimental.”

The Spikes are in the New York-Penn League as a Short-Season A team. They are currently affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals.

See the New York Times report for the full list of 42 teams that could be affected.

The current league agreement ends September 2020. If the proposal goes forward, the Spikes could become part of another league that is not affiliated with the MLB.

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