Minor League Baseball confirmed what seemed inevitable for months: There won’t be a 2020 season, which affects hundreds of teams and ballparks throughout the United States. But there’s no way for those teams to make money without fans coming to games.
On our baseball segment for WISE Sports Radio, Pat Ryan and I talked about that, the effect canceling the season will have on our Asheville Tourists, and an uncertain future for many teams that may not be able to survive this shutdown.
Also, what will be different for the 2020 Major League Baseball season? How will the schedule work? What rules will be changed? What motivated the Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond to sit out this season? And why is July 1 a happy day each year for Bobby Bonilla?
On the air, I couldn’t remember the teams in the South Atlantic League (in which the Tourists play) facing contraction. But I found a list from the New York Times last November that named the Hagerstown Suns, Lexington Legends, and West Virginia Power among the 40 teams whose future was in doubt.
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Thanks to WISE Sports Radio for allowing me to post this on my site, along with Mars Hill University (which sponsors the stream), Pat Ryan, and Vistanet for sponsoring my MLB segment.