(WVVA) - There will be no Minor League Baseball this summer the organization announced on Tuesday evening.
The league's official statement details that Major League Baseball "will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season." Therefore, the MiLB elected to cancel the 2020 season.
"While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows for our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment," Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O'Conner said, in part.
The full statement from MiLB can be found below:
The Appalachian League issued a statement of its own, addressing the cancellation of the 2020 season.
"This year has been a challenge for so many people around the
world, but we assure you we are steadfast in our commitment to our
cities," the statement read, in part. "We are now counting down the days for us to finally be able to welcome all of you into our stadiums. But until then, stay safe, stay strong."
The Bluefield Blue Jays and Princeton Rays were scheduled to open their seasons against each other back on Monday, June 22. Now, fans will have to wait until at least 2021 to see Minor League Baseball in Mercer County.
WVVA will continue to provide updates.