Baseball supporters want a “Minor League Flood Act” passed.

NEW YORK (AP) — The executive director of the nonprofit Advocates for Minor Leaguers has recommended that Congress pass legislation voiding Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption as it applies to minor league players.

Harry Marino on Wednesday asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to pursue a “minor league flood law” in response to a letter from the four-member panel chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). The letter, sent by the committee on June 28, asks the advocacy group about the effect of baseball’s 100-year-old antitrust exemption on labor conditions in the minor leagues.

Applying antitrust laws to the hiring of minor league players could allow them to seek free agency earlier, strengthening their leverage to demand better wages and other working conditions.

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