Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on November 20, 2019
The Batavia Muckdogs may finally be getting the ax if a proposed revamp of minor league baseball is enacted.
A list of 42 minor league teams across the country, including the Muckdogs have been named as part of a proposal to sever major league affiliations.
Major League Baseball says it’s a business decision and that the farm club system is just too costly to maintain.
Jeff Lantz, Senior Market Director for Minor League Baseball tells WBTA News that the eliminations are only a proposal for now.
He’s confident professional baseball will still be played at Dwyer stadium this summer as the contract between baseball and the minor leagues does not expire until next September.
After that point remains the subject of negotiation according to Lantz.
Senator Chuck Schumer is expected to hold a televised press conference this afternoon raising strong objections to the reported proposal from Major League Baseball to restructure the Minor League Baseball system.
Schumer is expected to urge MLB to stop playing hardball and to work with local stakeholders on the ground to ensure that “America’s past time” doesn’t become a part of Upstate New York’s past.
No injuries reported as the 18 hour police stand-off on Liberty Street came to an end yesterday morning.
Batavia Police Investigator Kevin Czora spent hours building trust with the man who had barricaded himself inside a home at 209 Liberty before convincing him to surrender shortly before 9 a.m.
Assistant Police Chief Todd Crossett was on scene after the resolution…
The man was armed with a sword and a pellet gun and had taken several shots at police during the incident.
At one point during the standoff the man unsuccessfully attempted to stab the sheriff’s office K-9 Frankie, but the dog was not injured.
Police have not yet released the man’s identity or reported charges he may be facing this morning.
The start of the 2020 census is only a few months away, and Governor Cuomo says the state will be working hard to make sure everyone is counted.
New York will be spending millions of dollars on census outreach efforts. Several state agencies will be involved answering questions residents may have about the census process and making sure they fill out the proper documentation.
Governor Cuomo says the 2020 census is important since it affects representation in Congress and the amount of federal funds New York can receive.
Parents in the Albion Central School District are expressing concern after three students were arrested as part of a plot to attack the middle school.
During a meeting last night, some parents said their children were shaken up after it was revealed the three students were planning to use explosives and guns against their fellow students and staff.
The superintendent says extra patrols have been added as a precaution.
The three students involved have been suspended and are receiving counseling.
The struggles of the following a tough loss at home.
Zach Parise had a pair of goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Sabres 4 to 1 at KeyBank Center last night.
Brandon Montour had the lone tally for Buffalo, who have won only one of their last nine games.
The Sabres will be back in action tomorrow night when they visit the Boston Bruins.