Minor League Baseball announces 2020 season cancellation due to coronavirus

Writer: Derrick Shaw
A cyclist rides past Principal Park, home to the Triple-A minor league baseball Iowa Cubs, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Two high school baseball games scheduled for Thursday at the stadium were postponed after officials said a ballpark staff member tested positive for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

While Major League Baseball is back in a matter of days, Minor League Baseball officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus Tuesday.

MiLB says the major leagues will not provide its affiliated minor league teams with players for the 2020 season. The CEO said it’s a sad day for many, but teams will start planning for next year.

One of the minor league baseball teams impacted is in Southwest Florida, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.

We spoke to the team’s vice president about the announcement.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” said Chris Peters, Mighty Mussels VP. “But, with everything going on in the world — the pandemic, the devastation it’s created — we want to do our part to make sure the community is as safe as possible.”

The Charlotte Stone Crabs also won’t have a season. They say they are disappointed in the announcement, but the health and safety of fans and families is a priority.

All fans who have tickets to any Stone Crabs home games can exchange their tickets for a 2021 home game or receive a refund.

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