Minor League Baseball Cancels 2020 Season As Coronavirus Spikes

There will be no baseball at Mc Cormick Field this season

This marks the first time a Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled since the league's inception in 1901.

The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body, made the expected announcement Tuesday.

With coronavirus concerns still every bit as prevalent as they were in the early spring, Major League Baseball informed Minor League Baseball that it will not be providing its' affiliates with players, effectively cancelling the MiLB season.

In Augusta, the GreenJackets sent out a news release via Twitter to discuss the end of the season.

"Today marked an unseen period in Minor League Baseball history - there will not be a season played in 2020", said Allan Benavides, General Manager of the Eugene Emeralds. "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 season is set to begin on either July 23 or 24. In addition, this year's MLB draft was only five rounds instead of its typical 40, which further could have limited rosters for minor league teams this year.

Major League Baseball also said that a team will not specifically announce a COVID-19 injured list placement for a player who is removed from the club after testing positive, just an injured list trip.

The league has already directed clubs to retain expanded 60-player pools, with 30 players being active during the first two weeks of the 2020 campaign.



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