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Rally for Scrappers set at Eastwood Mall

NILES — Jordan Taylor, Mahoning Valley Scrappers general manager, announced Wednesday during a Niles City Council meeting that a rally for the Scrappers is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at Center Court in the Eastwood Mall.

The city of Niles became the latest to approve a resolution of support for the Scrappers, a team on a list of 42 that may lose professional development contracts with Major League Baseball starting in 2021.

Taylor, accepting the resolution, told council members the team “really appreciates the support.” He is optimistic about the Scrappers’ future despite the possibility that the team could lose its status as the Class-A (short season) affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

“It’s going to be a long process, but we feel good about where we are at,” said Taylor.

In the past month Gov. Mike DeWine and Trumbull County commissioners have penned letters to MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred arguing the importance of the Scrappers to the local area, and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, joined 66 other House members in introducing a bipartisan resolution urging MLB to maintain its current minor league structure.

Recently, Anthony Cafaro Sr., retired president and CEO of the Cafaro Company, and an agent for the Cafaro Stadium Co., which developed and owns Eastwood Field, told Manfred by letter that he would be “most happy to host” a visit to a Scrappers game at Eastwood Field with Manfred and Gov. Mike DeWine.

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