The fight to keep minor league baseball in Binghamton is moving to Washington.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi says he has started working with his congressional colleagues who are concerned about Major League Baseball's plans to scrap dozens of minor league teams. The Rumble Ponies are among the teams targeted for elimination.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Tuesday, the Utica Democrat said "the Rumble Ponies and their affiliation with the New York Mets are an integral part of our region's culture and our local economy."

Brindisi said about 100 members of Congress are sending a letter to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred expressing opposition to the "radical proposal to eliminate minor league" clubs.

Brindisi said "it always seems like the smaller cities like Binghamton are the ones that get hurt most by these kinds of proposals."

The congressman said he'll work to try to keep the "family-friendly" entertainment option of baseball available to residents of the Binghamton area.

The letter lawmakers are sending to Manfred says the changes being contemplated are not in the best interest of the game, "especially when Major League Baseball's revenues are at all-time highs."

Anthony Brindisi with his son and daughter during a concession break at a Binghamton baseball game. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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