Baseball may be coming back, but Major League Baseball will be the only game in town.
Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that it will not hold a season in 2020, saying that MLB “will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players.”
“These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without Minor League Baseball played,” president and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a statement. “While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment.”
The cancellation of minor leagues’ schedules was expected, especially as MLB clubs invited several of their top prospects to their 60-man player pools for the restart of the 2020 season.
Minor League Baseball organizes several leagues in the U.S. affiliated with MLB clubs. It also operates the unaffiliated Mexican League.
Also Tuesday, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League announced that they could not move forward with their plans to hold an abridged version of the 2020 season.
The Blue Crabs, the Long Island Ducks and the High Point Rockers were in discussions to hold a season with three other independent teams on a 70-game schedule. A Blue Crabs official told the Washington Post earlier this month that they planned to allow fans to attend games at up to 25% capacity of their stadium in Waldorf.
“We have worked so hard to find a safe way to hold a 2020 baseball season, but COVID-19 has made that impossible,” Blue Crabs general manager Courtney Knichel said in a statement. “Despite not playing Blue Crabs baseball, we will continue to unite Southern Maryland as your hometown team, and will not allow this pandemic to tear us apart. We vow to work even harder to bring our community together at all costs.”
The team instead will host a “community showcase summer” with events like movie nights and crab feasts.
The Blue Crabs will host the 2021 Atlantic League All-Star Game. They were scheduled to host this season’s event.
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