MLB won’t provide players to affiliates, cancelling minor-league season

Wichita's Riverfront Stadium sits empty as 2020 Minor League season is canceled

Nor will there be rousing renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch, or condiment races around the infield between innings.

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.

"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", said MiLB president Pat O'Conner.

But the Lake Monsters aren't alone.


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

The opt-outs come after a long-awaited plan for a 60-game season was announced last week along with a corresponding 110-page health and safety document that includes plans for stringent testing and accommodations for high-risk players. Teams in Minor League Baseball are known for their creativity and that is now and will continue to be demonstrated in ways never before explored.

Doud hinted that fans might still have opportunities to connect with the team - and, presumably, its beloved mascot Champ - off the field.

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