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About 18 months and a pandemic ago, the rumblings started spreading through Minor League Baseball front offices. Words like "contraction" and "restructuring" were pinging about in text messages and harried calls. Change was coming to the minors and no one knew what that might mean.
According to a report by Baseball America, Major League Baseball sent a memo to minor league teams on Monday informing them that the 2021 minor league season at Double-A and the Class A levels will be delayed.
It’s been a nervous year for everyone in the minor leagues, including the Spokane Indians and the rest of the Northwest League, as Major League Baseball has contemplated changes in the organization and structure of its feeder system.
As part of Major League Baseball’s reorganization of the minor leagues after the expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement earlier this fall, things will look a little different for the eight-team Pioneer League – headquartered in Spokane with teams in Idaho, Montana, Utah and Colorado – when baseball can safely resume during or after the pandemic.
The Spokane Indians may be poised to become a full-season High-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a report in the Orange County (Calif.) Register on Thursday.
As the 2020 Major League Baseball season reached its final days, and the competition grew one-sided in favor of Kyle Lewis, it became clear the Mariners' young center fielder should win the 2020 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year award.
On Tuesday, officials with Minor League Baseball confirmed the 2020 MiLB season has been officially canceled after a conference call between MLB’s board of trustees.
Major league teams have released hundreds of young players with the minor league season in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic
The Mariners told minor leaguers that the organization will continue to pay them through the 2020 season. But the team also made tough financial decisions elsewhere, including reducing a large group of employees’ salaries.
MLB wants to drastically streamline the minor league and how franchises operate, as soon as next season. The Spokane Indians figure to be impacted as much as anyone.
Minor League Baseball is prepared to agree to a drastic reduction in its number of affiliated teams in order to ratify a new agreement with Major League Baseball.
The Texas Rangers announced the 2020 field staffs for their minor league affiliates on Monday, and the Spokane Indians will welcome a new manager for the fourth-consecutive season.
Members of Congress ask Major League Baseball not to eliminate minor league teams.
Nearly one-quarter of the members of the House of Representatives asked Major League Baseball to reconsider its proposal for a restructuring of the minor leagues after the 2020 season that would lead to 42 teams being dropped from their current circuits.
Major League Baseball has provided a proposal to Minor League Baseball to drastically restructure the organization and maintenance of minor league teams, leagues, player contracts and the entry draft.
The season didn’t end the way Spokane Indians all-stars Blaine Crim and Kellen Strahm would have hoped but the pair came a long way from where they started the season.
The 2019 Spokane Indians season has to be categorized as an unmitigated success – on and off the field.
Last year, the Spokane Indians’ season ended on a walk-off balk in the Northwest League Championship Series. This year, it was a walk-off walk in the North Division playoffs. After forcing extra innings with two runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Indians’ Nic Laio issued a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th as the Tri-City Dust Devils came away with a 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the best-of-3 series at Gesa Stadium.
Heriberto Hernandez clubbed a two-run homer in a four-run sixth inning, and the Spokane Indians topped the Dust Devils at Gesa Stadium on Thursday to force a decisive Game 3 in the Northwest League North divisional series.
Logan Driscoll delivered an RBI single in the top of the 12th inning and the Tri-City Dust Devils held off the Spokane Indians to win Game 1 of the divisional series 4-3 at Avista Stadium on Wednesday.