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With cancellation, Rumble Ponies shift focus to 2021 season

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- With the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes says he expects negotiations between Major League Baseball and MiLB to pick back up.

Negotiations have been on pause since the MLB season was put on hold due to the pandemic. With MLB resuming later this month and the MiLB season canceled, Hughes says he anticipates a meeting within thirty days.

"It is a bit of good news because now we can turn our attention solely to working on the PBA (Professional Baseball Agreement) and making sure it's going to go our way," said Hughes. "That's the only thing we have to focus on now which is the silver lining. We can focus our attention one-hundred percent trying to get on what's best for Binghamton and the Rumble Ponies together."

Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner fielded questions about the pandemic's impact on the the negotiations during a press conference following the news of the cancellation.

In addition to the teams at risk of being eliminated, a number of teams are dealing with the financial loss of missing out on an entire season. O'Conner said he cannot answer whether or not every minor league team team will be back next season.

"We're trying to be good partners with Major League Baseball and what they have in front of them is a monumental task. We're not calling there every day and complaining or even talking about our situation."

The current PBA between MLB and MiLB expires at the end of September.

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