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Congresswoman Lori Trahan fires back at ‘dismissive tone’ of MLB commish on minor-league contraction

Trahan’s congressional district includes Lowell, whose Spinners are on the MLB's contraction list.

US Rep. Lori Trahan, shown during September, has made clear she will fight for Lowell and the Spinners as MLB attempts to excise the team from the affiliated minors. –File/Nic Antaya/for the Globe

If Major League Baseball was not sure before that its effort to contract Minor League Baseball was a battle being waged on two fronts, it must be convinced now.

In a statement coming Friday from the offices of US Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-West Virginia), the representatives renewed their attack on efforts to trim the 160 affiliated minor-league teams by more than 25 percent.

Trahan’s congressional district includes Lowell, whose Spinners are on the hit list after an affiliation with the Red Sox that has lasted nearly 25 years, and referenced MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s Thursday comments from the MLB owners’ meetings about the contentious state of talks on their joint operating agreement that expires in September 2020.