Rumble Ponies Continue to Wait While MLB Looks For Player’s Association Deal
While Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Player's Association are not showing a sense of urgency in their attempt to play at least a portion of the season's schedule teams like the Binghamton Rumble Ponies are left with no indication of their future. MLB's proposal to the Player's Association indicates the hope to get three weeks of some type of team training and then open the regular season on or about July 1. The impetus of getting baseball back on the Fourth of July holiday would be a major marketing tool for MLB. July 4th for many Americans is a time for baseball. Even with many limitations and even with no fans in the stands baseball back by July 4th would give the country a big lift.
But reportedly MLB and the Player's Association are at an impasse with the major issue now the amount of salary or compensation the player's will receive. Until that issue is solved the status of the minor leagues and individual teams is very low on the Big League teams list of concerns.
Anthony Brindisi, representing the 22nd Congressional District, was on hand before the Coronavirus pandemic struck to take a tour of NYSEG Stadium along with other elected officials, New York Mets ownership and Eastern League officials. Brindisi spoke with WNBF's Bob Joseph Thursday morning. When asked if there was anything new on concerns that MLB was going to restructure and eliminate the Rumble Ponies as a New York Mets afiiliate, Brindisi says his office reaches out regularly to ask about Binghamton's status. The congressman admitted that he has heard nothing new on the situation and that MLB currently has bigger issues to try and solve. In essence until MLB and the Player's Association work things out the Rumble Ponies can do nothing but wait.