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MLB Plan Could Signal The End For The Connecticut Tigers

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Connecticut Tigers Will Allen #46 in action against the Staten Island Yankees during a minor league baseball game in Staten Island in 2015.

The Norwich-based Connecticut Tigers are one of 42 minor league teams that could be affected under a planned overhaul by Major League Baseball. Some elected officials in Connecticut want the MLB to reconsider.

The Tigers play at Norwich’s Dodd Stadium. They’re a farm team for the major league Detroit Tigers. The MLB plan would sever that affiliation, which would cut off their funding.

State Senator Cathy Osten’s district includes the team’s territory.

“To close the doors on allowing fans to participate on the quintessential American sport for $12 is unnecessary, it’s shortsighted.”

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont sent an open letter to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. He said the city of Norwich spent $800,000 last year to upgrade Dodd Stadium.

If the Tigers do stick around, they won’t be the Tigers. The team is expected to unveil a new name later this week as part of a fan contest. Some candidates? The Narwhals, the Salty Dogs and the Sea Unicorns.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.