Sounds' 2020 minor league season canceled

Major League Baseball informed minor league affiliates on Tuesday that it would not be providing any players for the 2020 season, effectively canceling the 2020 season for all Minor League Baseball teams, including the Nashville Sounds.

“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,” MiLB president and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a statement.

“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 2020 will be the first year without professional baseball in Nashville since 1977, the Sounds are still planning on playing baseball at First Horizon Park this summer in some form or fashion.

Sounds General Manager Adam Nuse said last week the organization foresees two teams comprised of MLB free agents playing a 40-game schedule beginning on July 23.

Nuse stated he envisioned First Horizon Park at 25 percent capacity — about 2,000 fans — and the team would push forward with the plan with or without MLB’s help.

The Sounds’ plans are contingent on Nashville’s ability to follow the mayor’s re-opening plan, which should be in Phase 4 by July 20.

“We are extremely disappointed to not be able to bring Minor League Baseball to our fan base in Middle Tennessee in 2020,” Nuse said in a release. “While we will not have our traditional Minor League Baseball season this year, we’re continuing to finalize details for the 2020 Nashville Sounds Alternate Season and hope to share those plans as soon as possible.”

The Sounds are offering a few solutions to season-ticket holders regarding already purchased 2020 tickets including applying a portion of their 2020 purchase toward a 10-game flex plan for the alternate season, crediting 2020 season ticket purchase costs toward 2021 season tickets or receiving a refund of the original payment.

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