On 13th February, Major League Baseball declared that every one of the 120 Minor League Clubs offered an invitation to become ‘PDL’ Professional Development League, license holders have formally consented to accept.
These teams are elected as partners by Major League Clubs and they being officially declared in full, providing both facilities and communities that are important to the expansion and development of the upcoming generation of big-league stars.
Robert D. Manfred, Jr. the Commissioner of Baseball said,
“We are excited to unveil this new model, which not only provides a pipeline to the Majors, but continues the Minor Leagues’ tradition of entertaining millions of families in hundreds of communities. In modernizing our Minor League system, we prioritized the qualities that make the Minor Leagues such an integral part of our game while strengthening how we develop professional athletes on and off the field. We look forward to demonstrating the best of our game throughout local communities, supporting all those who are working hard to grow the sport, and sharing unrivaled technology and resources with minor league teams and players.”
Many Minor League partners will be in significantly closer geographic proximity to the Major League Clubs with which they are linked as a part of realignment of Major League Baseball.
Overall, Major League Clubs will currently be more than 200 miles closer to their Triple-A partners. By making better topographical teamwork between a Major League Club and its associates, more fans will actually want to watch an association’s player’s progress in their professions from the Minor Leagues to the Major Leagues in their home region.
Minor League players and staffs to their four affiliates will be provided by their MLB Clubs. Each one of the Triple-A, Double-A, High-An and Low-A levels. Minor League Clubs will get PDL licenses from MLB that qualifies them for work in the Professional Development Leagues that will ensure a new set of principles in terms of facilities and player working conditions. The licenses will create numerous development and improvement to the experience and lifestyle of Minor League players, for example,
- For the 2021 season, the salary of players increases ranging from 38-72%.
- The facility standards will be updated that will be suitable for professional athletes.
- Facilities and working conditions to be improved for players and staff.
- In-season travel reduction for players and coaches.
- Better geographical arrangement.
This announcement follows other ongoing declarations made by Major League Baseball which details the components of its new far reaching player development system.
The new system will serve better fans, players and Clubs all through the United States and Canada; safeguard high level, economical baseball in every local area where the game has truly been played; and position the game for development in future years.
In combination, the incorporated player advancement system presently includes the Arizona and Gulf Coast Leagues. There are 209 teams across 19 leagues in 44 states and four provinces and 179 teams across 17 leagues in 43 states and four provinces.
The broader and Major League Baseball player development system will be joined by more teams and other baseball leagues in the next weeks and months, further improving the landscape for fans to continue to cheer on future stars.
MLB has nearly completed its work towards ensuring the presence of Baseball in almost all of the previous associated communities.