SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — For the first time in history, the entire Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled.
MiLB officially pulled the plug on the 2020 campaign for all levels Tuesday, meaning no Springfield Cardinals baseball this Summer.
“These are unprecedented times for our country and for our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a Summer without minor league baseball played,” Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a release.
“While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty around the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 of affordable family entertainment.”
For Springfield Cardinals General Manager Dan Reiter, it was the news he expected.
That expectation, however, did not make it any less saddening.
“I think all minor league teams were preparing,” Reiter said. “It still doesn’t make it easy when you hear that it happens. I received official notice this morning that the release would be going out. Even though I was expecting it it still was an emotional day. I think the biggest disappointment really is for the fans. All of us get a lot of energy from the amazing fans we have at Hammons Field. We want to make sure we do right by all of our fans. But it does give us a point to turn the attention forward.”
Despite the news, Hammons Field will still serve as home for the St. Louis Cardinals “taxi squad” starting July 14th.