Major League Baseball very badly needs a Vice President of Common Sense. Check out this story from the Cape Cod Times in Massachusetts.
It seems that MLB is forcing amateur summer league teams that use MLB nicknames (like the Chatham A’s of the Cape Cod League) to purchase their uniforms and souvenirs from MLB-approved (meaning more expensive) vendors. If not, MLB will withdraw whatever funding it gives the league. In the case of the Cape League, we’re talking $100,000. That’s a huge chunk of their $1.5 million budget.
Many New Yorkers spend their summers on the Cape and have watched Cape League games. It’s baseball heaven as top-notch college players play wood-bat games that you can watch for free. A large percentage of drafted college players pass through the Cape League. Ross Ohlendorf, for instance, played there.
What’s next, going after Little League teams? There are a lot of good people who work for MLB. Hopefully one of them urges whoever is behind this to come to their senses.