2020 Minor League Baseball Season Cancelled

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The news that’s been expected for quite a while now has finally been made official.

On Tuesday afternoon, Minor League Baseball announced that the 2020 season has been cancelled, due to Major League Baseball’s failure to provide players.

A meeting of Minor League Baseball’s Board of Trustees produced the public announcement, which many in the industry have been anticipating for the last couple of months.

Major League Baseball’s agreement with Minor League Baseball, which is called the PBA, expires late this year, and thus far, negotiations have been contentious to say the least.

The MLB wants to reduce the number of affiliated Minor League teams by forty-two, from 162 teams to 120 teams, before next season begins.

MLB’s proposals, if adopted, would likely lead to the short season New York-Penn and Rookie-level Appalachian and Pioneer Leagues being completely eliminated from affiliated baseball. This would go into effect immediately, which means many of the teams in those leagues will have already played their last game.

Locally, it doesn’t seem like that will be the case with the Bowling Green Hot Rods, but the list of 42 Minor League teams currently on the chopping block has been incredibly fluid over the last seven months.