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MiLB officially cancels Curve season

From Mirror, wire reports

What baseball and Altoona Curve fans have probably known for the last few months became official on Tuesday — the 2020 Minor League Baseball season was canceled.

The decision was reached after a meeting on Tuesday involving MiLB’s board of trustees, which includes at least one representative from all 14 leagues. The No. 1 concern after consultation with medical professionals and Major League Baseball officials — the safety of fans, players and staff members.

“We are obviously very saddened by the news that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season is officially canceled,” Curve general manager Derek Martin said. “This pandemic has affected everyone and we wish we could provide a much-needed distraction this summer. However, the safety of our fans, employees and the players that take the field are much more important.”

Another contributing factor to the cancellation was the MLB and its 30 clubs will not provide players to affiliated teams as part of the return-to-play procedure.

“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,” Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball President and CEO, said. “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.”

The Curve front office planned for a variety of scenarios to address ticket purchases for games at PNG Field this season. Season tickets, mini-plans, flex books, groups, luxury suites and individual game tickets all have the option to retain the value of their tickets for 2021. Everyone that made a ticket purchase for 2020 should contact the Curve to review their options. You can do that by calling 943-5400 or by email at frontoffice@altoonacurve.com. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Our organization couldn’t be more appreciative of the support and patience of our community while we navigated all the uncertainty the past several months,” Martin said. “Now that we have some answers, we will continue to be in communication with all of our ticket holders and sponsors to continue to discuss plans moving forward.”

MiLB was founded on Sept. 5, 1901. It began as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. MiLB is the current governing body that oversees the Minors in the US, Canada and the Dominican Republic.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, who use the Curve as an affiliate, are still sending players to Altoona to work out in prepping for the start of the shortened MLB season on July 23. MLB already told clubs to retain 60-player pools, of which 30 players can be active during the first two weeks of the season starting in late July.

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