Hot Rods GM sees “No Scenario” where team plays in 2020

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – With each passing day, it becomes more and more likely that the Bowling Green Hot Rods will not step onto the diamond again until the spring of 2021.

With no start date to the season in sight, Hot Rods General Manager and COO Eric Leach said on Thursday, “I don’t see any scenario where the Hot Rods begin play this year…”

Leach went on to mention that Minor League teams across the country do not have the lucrative television contracts that many Major League teams possess, which would make the prospect of playing in front of no fans “not feasible”.

The news is certainly disappointing for baseball fans across South Central Kentucky who have supported the Hot Rods since the team’s inception in 2010.

Leach also addressed the mass lay-offs that took place on May 28th, which featured the release of more than 400 Minor League players by teams in order to cut costs.

As the Single A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Hot Rods have not had to release any of their players thus far, but that could change as the summer progresses.

Leach says while he is anticipating having to cut players at some point down the road, he could also see the Rays holding on to all of their Minor Leaguers until the season comes to an end in September.