Minor League Baseball’s season cancelled

Bees and the Chihuahuas play a Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Chihuahuas won 9-2.

The 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled, meaning there won’t be a season for the Salt Lake Bees, Ogden Raptors and Orem Owlz. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — There won’t be any Minor League Baseball in 2020.

MiLB announced Tuesday afternoon that Major League Baseball will not be providing its affiliated minor-league organizations with players for the 2020 season and, as a result, this year’s minor leagues will be cancelled as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a statement. “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.”

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— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 30, 2020

That means it will be a season without baseball for local organizations, including the Salt Lake Bees of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, as well as the Ogden Raptors and Orem Owlz of the rookie level Pioneer League.

Salt Lake was scheduled to open its 2020 season on April 9 against against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Smith’s Ballpark before the MiLB season was delayed, prior to Tuesday’s cancellation. Ogden and Orem were scheduled to start their seasons June 19.

MLB recently came to an agreement to play a proposed 60-game regular-season schedule in 2020, with players reporting July 1 and the season starting on July 23 and 24.

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