April 29, 2020 at 5:43 pm #127732
For whatever reason, we did not have a specific thread about the 2020 minor league season. It is overdue.
(This is not about salaries or contraction, as they have their own topics, but about the postponed season.)
The first post is to debunk a rumor.
There is a report that MiLB season is cancelled citing agents multiple agents as the sources. I can find nothing of the sort. Three major agencies say they have not received any messaging saying MiLB season is cancelled. MLB and MiLB also both say no decision has been made.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) April 29, 2020April 29, 2020 at 10:26 pm #127738
A formal denial.April 29, 2020 at 10:52 pm #127741
If no fans are allowed in, I can’t see how MiLB would have any real incentive to play games..I guess maybe we will see, but it seems like a far longer shot than MLB play, even.April 30, 2020 at 10:10 am #127752gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
I would say there is a very small chance the milb teams could play games in their home stadiums but hopefully there can be games on all of the back fields at each ST site. These players need to get some work in even if it is just simulated games or maybe a few games against other nearby milb teams. We don’t need our prospects sitting around doing nothing.April 30, 2020 at 11:30 am #127780
It may depend on local health regulations as to when 150-200 people are allowed to be in close proximity. 6 foot social distancing is not going to work for baseball players. So you are going to need rigorous testing for everyone.April 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm #12778814NyquisTParticipantPaid - Annual
Just about throwing in the towel on 2020 MiLB. This together with teams being eliminated casts a dark shadow over what was once a complete section of why I love this game. (“They could of been champions”). Someone up there hates me.May 11, 2020 at 9:19 am #128370
Hockey’s minor league season being canceled creates similar roster questions for the NHL as MLB is facing.
A good point an NHL GM just gave me re: AHL cancellation is that NHL season resumption will create "a training camp format." Could lead to injuries, which increases the need to have bigger rosters/more AHL farm hands up with big club.
— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) May 11, 2020May 16, 2020 at 6:39 am #128762
Not a surprise, but another voice speaking on the matter…
Teams are planning as if there’s no minor league season. It isn’t officially canceled yet but that’s just in the hope there’s a great improvement in virus data. It still seems likely to be canceled; the proposal of a taxi squad by MLB to the union accounts for that likelihood.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 15, 2020May 17, 2020 at 11:49 am #128874
Not that this is a surprise, but #stlcards PBO John Mozeliak just said the following on KMOX. "We have about 200 minor leaguers. I don't see a path to all of them playing minor league baseball this summer." He did acknowledge there could be a taxi squad-like capability for MLB.
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) May 17, 2020May 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm #128893Michael DusablonParticipantPaid - Monthly
Any idea how a taxi squad will work? Where will they be located?
Will they play games against other taxi squads? Just trying to
get a feel for what it would look like.May 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm #128896
Great questions, Michael. Here are some others. At what rate will they be paid and will they get MLB service time only if active or all the time? Will the 40-man roster be increased to 50 for one year only?
The answer to every question is the same – we don’t yet know. Even if MLB has a proposal for all of this, it will have to be collectively bargained with the MLBPA. They had better get cracking if they hope to start spring training 2.0 in four weeks…May 18, 2020 at 3:51 pm #128942Cardinals27ParticipantPaid - Annual
It’s too bad that there may be no minor league ball this summer, as I was looking forward my first year of retirement while watching baseball in most of their MILB cities.May 18, 2020 at 7:12 pm #128958May 19, 2020 at 7:17 am #128973May 19, 2020 at 11:36 am #128992Minuteman3ParticipantFree
Has there been a final decision yet on a minor league season? Since the AA and A guys travel by bus and I know some of Springfield’s games are many miles away, it may be tough to get in a season. I have said it before and it bears repeating. This is a hell of a way to take heat off the Astros……LOLMay 19, 2020 at 11:43 am #128993
Has there been a final decision yet on a minor league season?
No, but the odds are very low it will be played.
I have said it before and it bears repeating. This is a hell of a way to take heat off the Astros.
Well, that is an MLB statement, not a minor league one. No one would have booed Astros minor leaguers. They had nothing to do with it.May 19, 2020 at 12:21 pm #128996
The Peoria Chiefs look to be getting revenue wherever they can. They are selling Dylan Carlson bobbleheads for $35 each. Maybe they were bought for a giveaway night that is not going to be held…
ON SALE: The @DCarls_06 bobblehead sale, part deux, is OPEN! Get yours now!
— Peoria Chiefs (@peoriachiefs) May 19, 2020May 19, 2020 at 12:36 pm #128997
MLB’s contraction plan couldn’t have been better timed, for their sake. Without a 2020 season it’s going to be tough for the minor league teams to build any public goodwill that might pressure MLB at all. It will be even more sad that some fan bases won’t be able to say goodbye to their squads. It’s life, but I don’t have to like it.May 19, 2020 at 1:42 pm #129010mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
A-HA? Now I get it. This is not just a pandemic, it’s as they say a ‘plandemic’. It was conspired and executed by the Astros to take the heat off them because of their cheating scandal.May 19, 2020 at 2:55 pm #129012
A-HA? Now I get it. This is not just a pandemic, it’s as they say a ‘plandemic’. It was conspired and executed by the Astros to take the heat off them because of their cheating scandal.
Not remotely. I’m just saying that it has worked out perfectly in MLB’s favor in this particular instance. No conspiracies here…just bad timing for MiLB owners and who are going to lose their teams.
I see now that you probably were responding to MM3. I doubt even Luhnow would be so heartless as to concoct a pandemic to cover his tracks.
May 19, 2020 at 3:26 pm #129017mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
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I would just as soon leave the Astros’ cheating scandal behind. Enough is enough. But I think when baseball finally does resume, there will still be those who won’t let it be over.May 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm #129050David MartinParticipantPaid - Annual
LOL Brian: “I guess the last one out will shut off the lights”May 23, 2020 at 7:35 am #129187
This could go on multiple threads. Getting rid of them now suggests no 2020 season. It also means they don’t have to pay them any more while there is no baseball. It also suggests they are planning to have fewer teams when play resumes in 2021. I understand all three even though they make me sad.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) May 23, 2020May 23, 2020 at 8:13 am #129188UncleDennyParticipantPaid - Annual
All organizations will probably be doing this. Still don’t see how they can get by without at least one club to Bridge the gap between GCL and Peoria.May 23, 2020 at 8:35 am #129190
Every organization will be in the same boat as far as number of teams and levels, but as I have written, many already have two GCL/Arizona League teams, giving them more flexibility.
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