Rep. Anthony Brindisi has been meeting with major and minor league officials as part of an effort to keep the Binghamton Rumble Ponies alive.

A Major League Baseball plan could leave the city without an Eastern League team after the 2020 season.

Brindisi said he met with deputy commissioner Dan Halem to discuss the future of baseball in Binghamton.

The 22nd District congressman said he pointed out the efforts that have been made to improve the facilities used by the Rumble Ponies.

Brindisi said he came away from the meeting "hopeful that both sides can come to an agreement to keep baseball in Binghamton."

Brindisi said Halem indicated the New York Mets want some more upgrades "for player development."

The congressman said he asked Halem to provide a checklist of the improvements the team is seeking in an effort to determine if the changes are possible.

Brindisi said he also discussed his meeting with the deputy commissioner with Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes. He also has talked about the matter with Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner.

Not a creature was stirring at NYSEG Stadium in downtown Binghamton on December 5, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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