Major League Baseball announced Tuesday it will not supply players to its minor league affiliations for the 2020 season.
The decision comes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLB and its players just reached an agreement last week for a 60-game season for 2020. There was concern regarding players’ health in the minor leagues, especially in regards to travel.
The cancelation affects minor league teams across the country, including the Midland Rockhounds. The Rockhounds are the Oakland A’s AA affiliate. Midland’s ballpark is able to operate at 50 percent capacity for other events, however, according to Midland Rockhounds’ general manager Monty Hoppel.
“We just don’t have the players. So it’s kind of out of our control. We’re not happy about it, but there’s nothing we can do about it. No sense in complaining. Staying safe is the main thing and doing our part in the community and that’s number one,” said Hoppel.
Hoppel said the plans for this season will essentially just roll over to the 2021 season.
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