What was long expected has been made official: There will be no Minor League Baseball in 2020.
Minor League Baseball officially announced at 5 p.m. ET today (June 30) that the season has been shelved because Major League Baseball has informed it that it will not provide players.
Now, the focus is on what comes next. First, teams must unravel as much as they can from this season. There will undoubtedly be a flood of fans and advertisers calling and asking for refunds for tickets or deals they’d purchased for games that had merely been suspended and not officially canceled.
Some of those fans and advertisers will choose to roll their dollars toward 2021, but others will want to replenish their own cash flow as best as possible. The stagnation of the economy has negatively affected nearly every industry, and some people and businesses will want to reclaim as much as they can to help themselves stay afloat.
For the rest of what would have been the minor league season, teams will likely continue doing what they’ve been doing. That is, they’ll continue making the most of what they have. For weeks and months, teams have been using their stadiums to bring in as many people as possible while staying within their municipality’s social distancing guidelines.