Major League Baseball's wild proposal was first reported by 'The New York Times.'. The proposal would cut the number of minor league jobs by roughly 25 percent. The idea comes amidst pressure to increase the pay and improve the conditions of players. More than 40 million fans attended minor league games for the 15th straight season in 2019. There was a 2.6% increase in attendance compared to 2018. If all 42 minor league teams were cut, many fans would lose their access to professional baseball. Some local fans are more than a 12-hour drive to the nearest MLB city. The minor leagues are the only logical way for these fans to connect to the sport.