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2020 Minor League Baseball Season Cancelled

June 30, 2020 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats News Release

Major League Baseball™ (MLB™) has informed Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) 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 removes the uncertainty 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.

Statement from International League President, Randy Mobley

The International League (the oldest league in all of Minor League Baseball) traces its history back to 1884, and it is with deep regret that I confirm that for the first summer in 137 years the League will play no games in 2020. Until just a few hours ago the League and its 14 member teams continued to plan and prepare for the possibility of playing a 60-game, shortened season. Due to the many COVID-19 related challenges that would accompany staffing team rosters for a two-month season, Major League Baseball has now advised that they will not be assigning players to the teams of Minor League Baseball in 2020.

Statement from Louisville Bats President, Vic Gregovits

While we are disappointed that we will not have Bats baseball at Louisville Slugger Field this summer, our first priority is the safety of our fans, players, and staff during these unprecedented times. We anxiously await the 2021 season, welcoming fans back to the ballpark, and the return of the words, "Play ball".

Ticket Information

Fans who have purchased tickets for the 2020 season will begin receiving communication via email regarding their ticket purchase starting Wednesday, July 1. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Bats Front Office during normal business hours at [email protected] or by phone at (502) 212-2287.


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