BIRMINGHAM, AL — For the first time since 1980, Birmingham will not host professional baseball this year, as an announcement was made Tuesday by Major League Baseball that the minor leagues will not play this year. This means no 2020 season for the Birmingham Barons.
The Major Leagie Baseball and Minor League Baseball seasons were suspended March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Major League Baseball informed Minor League Baseball Tuesday that it would not provide players for MiLB teams for the 2020 season.
"These are unprecedented times in our country and in our organization as this is the first time in our history that we've had a summer without Minor League Baseball," said MiLB 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."
"While we continued to be in a holding pattern for 2020 we always remained optimistic," said Barons general manager Jonathan Nelson. "The Barons have been around since 1885 and here at Regions Field since 2013 and more than ever look forward to continuing the fun, positive tradition in 2021.'
This season will be the first since 1980 that Birmingham doesn't have professional baseball, as the team left town in 1975 for Montgomery, only to return for the 1981 season. That hiatus was the longest pro baseball brought in Birmingham's history.