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Tortugas Praise Congressional Effort to Save Minor League Baseball

December 4, 2019 - Florida State League (FSL) - Daytona Tortugas News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Daytona Tortugas today praised the newly created Save Minor League Baseball Task Force that has been organized by members of Congress to prevent Major League Baseball (MLB) from eliminating 42 minor league franchises, nearly one-quarter of all minor league teams around the country.

"We appreciate the support of Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and the members of the task force in standing up for Minor League Baseball and speaking out against MLB's effort cast off thousands of jobs, reduce affordable, family-friendly entertainment and undermine grassroots support for our great game," said Tortugas president Ryan Keur.

The Daytona Tortugas have been identified as one of the 42 franchises facing elimination under the MLB proposal.

Minor league teams are vital to the social and economic lives of millions of Americans; they support scores of local businesses and jobs, provide accessible entertainment, help promote tourism spending and donate tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions.

"With this proposal, MLB is willing to break the hearts of dozens of communities across the country," said Keur. "We are going to resist this plan and are gratified that so many in Congress are willing to join with us."

The Tortugas and new manager Dick Schofield will kick-off their 2020 All-Star campaign on Thursday, April 9, against the Florida Fire Frogs, the High-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. First pitch that evening is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

To purchase season or All-Star tickets, group packages, or for more information, please contact the Daytona Tortugas' box office at (386) 257-3172 or by visiting the team website at

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