Eugene, Ore. -- There will be no Minor League Baseball in the summer of 2020.
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. This marks the first time a Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled since the league's inception in 1901.
“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 we are heartbroken that we will not be able to provide our community the tremendous baseball experience in 2020 that they have come to expect here at PK Park, for the safety of our fans, players and staff, we fully support this decision. The Emeralds, along with all of professional baseball, will remain united and optimistic because baseball will return. Our thoughts continue to remain with those fighting on the front lines each day to ensure the safety of the public.”
“We would also like to sincerely thank our partners, season seat members, fans, and the community for all of the incredible support over these past few weeks,” Benavides continued. “We will continue to look at ways to host events of some scale for the local community over the summer, with the proper health and safety precautions put into effect. Additionally, we have already begun planning for our 2021 season and cannot wait to invite our wonderful fans back to the ballpark for some baseball.”
Currently, Major League Baseball is trying to work out specifics for a 60 game truncated season that will begin towards the end of July.