- Dec 4, 2009
https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/introducing-the-baseball-cup-a-proposed-idea-that-pits-mlb-minor-league-teams-against-each-other/Of course as the article states the hurdles for something like this would be enormous. For example very few current MLB players play in the Olympics.Most of the items in Major League Baseball’s proposal to Minor League Baseball’s negotiating committee simply flesh out the details of structures that had already been informally discussed.
But there was one new, potentially significant addition that is sure to pique fans’ interest and likely raise some questions about its feasibility.
MLB proposed the idea of having a single-elimination tournament—known as the Baseball Cup—in which the 30 MLB teams and all 120 MiLB teams would compete for a title held during MLB’s regular season.
Theoretically, the New York Yankees could head to Eastlake, Ohio to take on the Class A Lake County Captains. Imagine Asa Lacy trying to lead a Royals farm team to a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The idea is modeled largely after European soccer competitions, in which lower-level clubs can compete with top-level clubs in yearly tournaments. For instance, England’s FA Cup allows soccer teams from 10 levels of English soccer to compete for a title. The FA Cup runs concurrently with the Premier League season.
BA goes into more of the hurdles at the above link.