For those who missed the news today, Pat O'Conner, the President and CEO of Minor League Baseball, announced his retirement. He had been leading things with the minors for nearly three decades and done some amazing work in growing the minor league game.
Sadly, as the contract between minor league baseball and major league baseball is up this offseason, I think this is simply a sign that we're about to see a hostile takeover of the minors by Major League Baseball, essentially designating the minor leagues as another one of its entries on the ledger, rather than the humanity that it truly deserves.
Former Minnesota Twins GM Bill Smith has been working as O'Conner's second-in-command, but rumors abound that the St. Petersburg offices of MiLB will be shuttered, moving everything under the MLB umbrella in NYC and likely costing dozens of jobs.
It's really a sad day for the health of the game that will likely go very, very underreported.
(Figured with the impact to the entirety of baseball, this was the best fit rather than purely in minor leagues)