PAWTUCKET, RI — The Pawtucket Red Sox will not have their farewell season at McCoy Stadium. The 2020 Minor League Baseball season was officially canceled Tuesday, ending the hopes of a return to the Pawtucket ballpark.
"Due to the many COVID-19 related challenges that would accompany staffing team rosters for a two-month season, Major League Baseball has now advised that they will not be assigning players to the teams of Minor League Baseball in 2020," International League President Randy Mobley said in a statement.
The cancellation marks the first time in the league's 137-year history that no games will be played in a season.
2020 was supposed to be a special season for the PawSox as the team bid farewell to McCoy Stadium before moving to Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as a celebration of the team's 50th anniversary at McCoy Stadium.
The park could be a possible site of workouts for the Boston Red Sox, as the team gears up for a delayed season, PawSox officials said. More details will be announced at a later date.
"Naturally, as baseball fans, we are deeply disappointed to not have a summer of PawSox Baseball, especially in our 50th-anniversary season," said Charles Steinberg, the club president. "Yet all of us recognize that the health, safety, and well-being of our players, fans, and entire community are paramount. But we will keep the faith; this may not be how the story ends."
The team will continue its commitment to the Pawtucket community, as well as "Dining on The Diamond" nights, which allow the public to enjoy park food on McCoy's field. The event, started June 5, will continue if it is safe to do so, the team said.
Anyone who already purchased tickets to the 2020 season will be contacted by the ticket office for a refund or another option.
"We continue to speak with the Mayor of Pawtucket, the Hon. Donald R. Grebien, and other public officials, about the uses this summer—and beyond — of McCoy Stadium," Steinberg continued. "So many high school and college players have loved playing on this field through the years, and we will see if there is a way to continue to provide that opportunity. We have also loved welcoming so many Rhode Island families to enjoy Dining on the Diamond, and we will see if we can continue to offer that experience as well."
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