Scrappers scrap Traficant Release Night promotion

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are scrapping its “Traficant Release Night” promotion.

The team will make an official statement Thursday. But Dave Smith, the Class A short-season minor league baseball team’s general manager, confirmed today that the event is canceled.

The event was scheduled for Sept. 2, the day ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. is to be released from federal prison after serving seven years for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

After the event was included in a Sunday article in The Vindicator, the Scrappers were “flooded with e-mails and phone calls” objecting to the promotion, Smith said.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator or Vindy.com

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