The Chattanooga Lookouts issued a statement Thursday praising the recently created Save Minor League Baseball Task Force organized by members of Congress to prevent Major League Baseball from eliminating 42 minor league franchises.
"We appreciate the support of Reps. 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," Lookouts president Rich Mozingo said in a release.
The Lookouts have been identified among 42 franchises potentially facing contraction under a preliminary MLB proposal.
"We especially want to thank Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., for taking time to discuss this issue," Lookouts co-owner Jason Freier said. "Congressman Fleischmann has been unwavering in his support of the Lookouts and his commitment to keeping minor league baseball in Chattanooga."
Both Freier and Mozingo are scheduled to attend baseball's winter meetings, which begin this weekend in San Diego.
"With this proposal, MLB is willing to break the hearts of dozens of communities across the country," Mozingo said. "We are going to resist this plan and are gratified that so many in Congress are willing to join with us."