Rule 53 – Minor League Expansion, Contraction, Relocation, and Reclassification


Expansion and Contraction


  • If a Minor League intends to expand or contract, it must notify the Commissioner and the MiL President 18 months before it begins to play with such expansion or contraction. For expansion, the League must show a new affiliation with a MLB club. Expansion shall than be contingent upon the President’s approval after presentation,
  • MLB-proposed expansion – If an MLB club seeks expansion of a minor league due to a lack of PDCs, the club may request a League to expand, accompanied by a commitment to become an affiliate. The club must then notify the Commissioner and the MiL President 18 months before the expansion. If the President refuses the request, the club may appeal to the Commissioner.
  • If MLB contracts, the Commissioner may request that the minor leagues contract. The decision will be made by the Commissioner and the MiL President.


Relocation


  • If a MiL club intends to relocate, it must notify the Commissioner and the MiL President 18 months before it begins to play at the new location. The relocation shall be subject to the approval of the MiL President, and the Commissioner must review any approval.


Reclassification


  • If a MiL club intends to change its classification or league, it must notify the Commissioner and the MiL President 18 months before it begins to play with such expansion or contraction. Such approval shall be contingent upon the President’s approval after presentation, and the Commissioner must review any approval.


Admission of New Leagues


  • If the Minor Leagues intend to add a new league, it must notify the Commissioner and the MiL President 18 months before the new league begins play. Each team in the league must undergo a review process. Such approval shall be contingent upon the President’s approval after presentation, and the Commissioner must review any approval.