Minor League Baseball cancels season - No Redbirds baseball in 2020

Minor League Baseball cancels season - No Redbirds baseball in 2020

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Redbirds’ 2020 baseball season is canceled.

Minor League Baseball tweeted Tuesday afternoon, saying it would not provide its affiliated teams with players for the 2020 season.

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“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.”

Craig Unger, president of the Memphis Redbirds, released a statement after the announcement.

“While we are disappointed by today’s announcement, based on where we are on the calendar, it did not come as a surprise,” said Unger. “We thank all of our season ticket members, sponsors and fans for their patience and support over the past several months. The loss of baseball has been devastating for our organization and to our local economy. We sympathize with so many that have felt the effects: our local vendors, downtown restaurants and hotels that rely on 70 baseball games a year; non-profits that utilize various ticket and concession programs to raise much needed funds; and our hundreds of part-time stadium and concessions employees that help make the AutoZone Park experience one of the best in baseball. Baseball will be back. We look forward to seeing you again in the spring of 2021 and enjoying some hot dogs, ice-cold beverages and fireworks. Stay healthy!”