ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WANE) — Minor League Baseball will not play ball in 2020. The league officially canceled its season on Tuesday.
In a statement, Minor League Baseball said Major League Baseball said it would not provide its affiliated teams with players for the 2020 season, which forced the cancellation of a season for the first time ever.
The move leaves more than 160 minor league baseball teams, including the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps, without a year of player development.
The announcement comes less than a month before Major League Baseball begins a shortened, 60-game schedule on July 23. With no minor leagues, teams will carry 60 players each, including a taxi squad.
“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 league President and CEO Pat O’Conner. “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.”
For the TinCaps, the canceled season is no surprise. Team public relations manager and broadcaster John Nolan told WANE 15 last week that the ball club was “not optimistic” about a playing season.
The club issued the following statement on Twitter: