Mayor Adams: 'It’s time to allow women to play professional baseball'

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Eric Adams applauded the return of Major League Baseball -- after the organization and players this week reached a deal to end the lockout -- but he does have one gripe: the lack of female players.

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"I’m so glad that the boys of summer are coming back," Adams, a Mets fan, told 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa at a press conference in the Bronx Friday about the city's expanded summer learning program. "I hope in the next year we start seeing the boys and the girls of summer. It’s time to allow women to play professional baseball, as well. But I am happy that they are back."

There is no ban per se in the MLB, but no woman has ever played in the major leagues.

Adams said the return of baseball will benefit retailers in the neighborhoods surrounding Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. "I was up by Yankee Stadium the other day," he said. "When people look at all of those shops, they depend on the baseball season, there is an entire economy that feeds off of baseball."

“So you may have millionaires on the field," he continued, "but you have people who are basically just trying to make it that are providing the shops, of selling foods in the stands, selling items, so it’s very important that it’s coming back."