NATIONWIDE – Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that its affiliate Major League Baseball clubs will not supply them with players this summer, Meaning there will be no season this year.
All 159 minor league baseball teams will not play a season this year; That includes the Portland Sea Dogs and all the minor league affiliates of the Boston Red Sox.
This is another knock for a tough year for Minor League Baseball. Back in march, MiLB offered some cooperation in MLB’s plans to eliminate affiliation for around 40 of its teams, mostly short-season rookie league teams. With this announcement, those teams will not have the opportunity to say goodbye to its fans.
The Sea Dogs are safe going forward, and president Geoff Iacuessa says it is the right call to not play.
“It’s really disappointing, but certainly the right thing to do for the health and safety of the players and fans and everybody involved the game. I think it’s something everybody kind of anticipated coming, just 160 minor league teams spread across the country, it would be really difficult to safely have the players go out and be able to perform,” said Iacuessa.
For prospects now without a formal season, the next few months are up in the air. MLB has reportedly given the green light for prospects to play in independent leagues.
For Maine natives across the minor leagues, they believe they may be better waiting for guidance from their organizations.
“There’s definitely risks associated with that and I think it’d be the just to hang around and workout on your own until you have to work out on your own until you have to report somewhere for your organization,” said Orono High School graduate and Washington Nationals prospect Jackson Coutts.
“It’s been pretty tough but I wouldn’t see myself going in to an independent league, I just see myself trying to lift weights, work out and try to get better in other ways before we starting playing again,” said former UMaine pitcher and current Minnesota Twins minor league player Cody Laweryson.