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OKC Dodgers: MLB dissolves Pacific Coast League in realignment. Here's what it means for the Dodgers

The Pacific Coast League is no more after a 117-year run.

Major League Baseball announced Friday the new minor league structure with just 120 clubs now holding Professional Development League licenses across the country.

With that means, the end of a league that began in 1903. 

And a huge change in scheduling for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Now part of the 10-team, two-division Triple-A West League, the Dodgers’ schedule will be primarily against East Division opponents Albuquerque (Colorado), El Paso (San Diego), Round Rock (Texas) and Sugar Land (Houston). OKC will also play series against West Division members Las Vegas (Oakland), Reno (Arizona), Sacramento (San Francisco), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels) and Tacoma (Seattle).

Gone are normal opponents Iowa (Chicago Cubs), Omaha (Kansas City), Memphis (St. Louis) and Nashville (Milwaukee). They all belong to the Triple-A East League, which is made up of 20 teams and three divisions.

The league changes actually increased travel for OKC. But a scheduling change will soften that blow just a bit. 

A source told The Oklahoman that the schedule will feature six-game series and an off day each Wednesday.  A schedule is expected to be released within the next two weeks.

MLB also announced that player salaries will increase in a range of 38-72% this season. 

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Oklahoma City Dodgers manager Travis Barbary warms up with the team before practice at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The Dodgers will open the season on Thursday against San Antonio.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Dodgers manager Travis Barbary warms up with the team before practice at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The Dodgers will open the season on Thursday against San Antonio. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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