Minor League Baseball cancels 2020 season due to pandemic

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — There won’t be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020.

MiLB made the announcement Tuesday after Major League Baseball informed them that they would not be providing affiliated players this year, WIAT reports. MiLB decided to cancel the season as a result.

“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,” MiLB President and CEO Pat O’Conner said.

“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 Professional Baseball Agreement between the majors and the minors expires after this season, and MLB has proposed reducing the minimum affiliates from 160 to 120.

MLB already had told clubs to retain expanded 60-player pools, of which 30 players can be active during the first two weeks of the season starting in late July.


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