River Cats; Minor League Baseball Officially Shelve 2020 Season

COVID fears cancel entire 2020 Minor League Baseball season

June 30, 2020
Sutter Health Park; home of the Sacramento Rivercats

Photo by Paul Kitagaki Jr. Sacramento Bee MCT Sipa USA

On Tuesday, officials from Major League Baseball informed teams inside the Minor League Baseball organization that they will not be able to provide their teams with baseball players; resulting in a canceled 2020 Minor League Baseball season.

"These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we've had a summer without Minor League Baseball played," said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner. "While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment."

Locally, the Sacramento River Cats, a Minor League Triple-A affiliate for the San Francisco Giants, won last year's MiLB 2019 National Championship in Memphis. 

Since the delay of the 2020 season, the Sacramento River Cats have been holding socially distance events at their newly-renamed Sutter Health Park. The park, previously called Raley Field, changed it's name in the off-season following the experation of a 20-year naming rights agreement that begin 2000. 

Check the River Cats website for details on up-coming events.