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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

BA: Start of Minor League Season At Double-A And Class A To Be Delayed [$]

Major League Baseball sent a memo to minor league teams on Monday informing them that the 2021 minor league season at Double-A and the Class A levels will be delayed.

MLB told minor league teams that spring training for Double-A and Class A players will not begin until MLB and Triple-A players have departed from spring training. The delay will allow for more social distancing during a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the world.

Even if MLB spring training begins on time, many minor leaguers would not report to spring training until late March or early April.

Because minor league players usually spend three or four weeks at spring training, the delay would push the start of those leagues to May if MLB spring training operates on its regular schedule.

Additionally, the memo told minor league teams to expect their schedules to run until as late as Oct. 3, a full month after regular season games normally end in early September. It is also expected there will be no minor league playoffs in 2021. With a delayed start, those playoff dates will be exchanged for more dates for all teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2021 at 06:16 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: January 06, 2021 at 06:06 PM (#5997786)
Bad move to remove playoffs - even if just a 1 game winner takes all, at least then you get players some experience in high stakes games. The level doesn't matter - playing a championship game is always different from regular season. Watching my daughter in a championship game for tournaments in hockey you can see the difference even at the lowest levels. Some step up, some don't. Either way it is a good thing.

Heck, I'd look at have the minor league championships play during the playoffs for the majors in the same parks. Perhaps on the offday or in the afternoon before a night game. Or have them play in the home parks of their parent teams. Or have a neutral site set up for a 'final 4' at each level. That would be fun.
   2. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: January 07, 2021 at 09:51 AM (#5997871)
i dunno, playoffs are one of the worst part of the minor league experience - players aren't always super invested and teams sometimes offer haphazard presentations to the fans. i'm okay with this (this year only).
   3. Bull Pain Posted: January 08, 2021 at 04:12 PM (#5998406)
In my experience working in AAA way back when, the players despised the playoffs. My personal favorite example was a particularly nasty MLB backup catcher at the end of his career just picking up and going home at the end of the regular season. Then a few days later one of the catchers on the big league team got injured and instead of getting to go back to the bigs, his AAA backup got the call and ended up getting to be part of a team that won the pennant.

It was damn near impossible to get fans to show up. We'd go from averaging 7-8K a game to getting lucky to see 3,000 people show up despite massive marketing efforts. The league had a serious no comp policy in the playoffs.

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