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2020 Minor League Baseball season canceled

There will be no Minor League Baseball in 2020.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 3:28 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 8:12 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - What was long expected will be made official Tuesday: There will be no Minor League Baseball in 2020.

According to Baseball America, Minor League Baseball is expected to officially announce this afternoon that the season has been canceled because Major League Baseball has failed to provide players. 

Their report also states that teams have been informed that they can make their own announcements after MiLB's official announcement.

The Athletic reported on Monday that an announcement was expected Tuesday.

Minor League Baseball released the following statement:

Major League Baseball has informed Minor League Baseball that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020.

"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 Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner. "While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removed the uncertainity surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment."

Minor League Baseball, which began as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, was founded on Sept. 5, 1901.

The Fort Wayne TinCaps released the following statement:

Minor League Baseball announced on Tuesday that there won’t be a 2020 season for its 160 teams, including the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

“We were hopeful and optimistic that the TinCaps would be able to play games at Parkview Field this season, but that won’t be the case,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter.

Major League Baseball’s plan to play a 60-game 2020 season, and the logistics necessary to make the MLB season possible, has closed the door on the possibility of any Minor League Baseball games taking place in 2020, including in Fort Wayne.

“This isn’t just about fans losing the chance to watch baseball games,” Nutter said. “It’s about the 34 full-time staff members and their families that rely on the TinCaps for their livelihood. Our 500-plus part-time seasonal employees that make Parkview Field the No. 1 fan experience in the country. All of these people we care about won’t have games to work this season — that’s what is so impactful about losing the season.”

The TinCaps are just one of 160 communities around the United States and into Canada that will lose their Minor League Baseball season in 2020.

“The TinCaps play in the Midwest League, which is made up of 16 cities across seven states,” Nutter said. “Each community rallies around its team, gathering at the ballpark on spring and summer nights with family and friends. That atmosphere and environment will be gone this year, and we’ll certainly miss welcoming 400,000 fans and friends to Parkview Field.

“Fort Wayne Professional Baseball has been a staple of summers in Fort Wayne since 1993,” Nutter said. “While this is a major setback, we just have to look ahead to what re-opening Parkview Field will look like. We were already anticipating increased health and wellness measures in the hopes we could still play this season. But those same best practices will serve the facility well when we can finally welcome fans back to the ballpark.”

The team plans to announce additional events at Parkview Field now that the calendar has been cleared of TinCaps home games.

“We have an amazing facility to host a wide range of events,” Nutter said. “Our focus will continue to be providing the community with chances to come enjoy the ballpark together, just in different ways than we have done in the past.”

Individual tickets purchased for any game during the 2020 season can be kept and exchanged for any game during the 2021 season, once that schedule is determined. Holders of tickets packages, leaders with group hospitality dates, and corporate partners are being contacted with options for each particular circumstance.

“While we were hopeful the season could still happen, we had to consider this was a possibility,” Nutter said. “It will be a challenge to determine how we manage our organization and staff during a span of 19 months between games.”

With the loss of the 2020 season, the TinCaps last game was in September of 2019 and the first game of next season is expected to be April of 2021.

“Despite common misconceptions, we are not subsidized by Major League Baseball or our MLB affiliate, the San Diego Padres,” Nutter said. “We’re like every other small business that’s struggling in these difficult times. We have a staff of creative, hard-working, problem solvers. This is a new kind of problem to solve, but I have confidence we’ll be welcoming fans back to Parkview Field before we know it and putting on the best show in Minor League Baseball.”

The TinCaps continue to review guidelines from the State of Indiana and Allen County Department of Health as it relates to events that might be possible at Parkview Field.

“We hear daily that people are itching for a reason to be at the ballpark,” Nutter said. “We’re able to continue providing the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market a home each Saturday, which is certainly a positive. We’ll find ways to use the ballpark as a community gathering place — what it’s intended to be. When it makes sense to host large-scale events again at Parkview Field, we will certainly be ready.”

The TinCaps were originally set to begin their 140-game schedule, with 70 home games, on April 9.

The regular season was scheduled to conclude on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

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