What has looked inevitable for weeks finally became official yesterday..Minor League Baseball’s 2020 season is over before it began..there will be no minor league baseball played in 160 towns across the country this year.
Here are three good stories about this
First this one from the New York Times (above) It does a nice job explaining where we are and how we got here.
This next one is from Forbes last month. It provides important context to the back story behind the story of how the Major League draft went from 40 to just five rounds last month.
Finally there is this story from ESPN, which asks and answers some important questions about what this means for Minor League Baseball.
But the closing paragraph in the ESPN piece is worth highlighting here
You won’t be surprised to know that I have some pretty strong feelings about this. I spent the whole day writing and I will turn it into a video tomorrow but am going to need some more time to do it justice.
Suffice it to say for now, I fully intend to continue with the Low Mileage Series this summer, in fact my resolve is even greater than it was before this news became official. But I am very worried about what 18 months without fans will do to the landscape of Minor League Baseball I fell in love with on our Excellent Adventure. I think its likely that the communities that will need minor league baseball the most in the months and years ahead, are also those at the greatest risk of losing it. I want to do everything I can with this series to try to help mitigate that risk.
We arrived at Thurman Munson Stadium just south of Canton, Ohio on a blazing hot Sunday at the end of June.
There frankly, wasn’t a ton to recommend Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium except the legend of the man who it was named for and there wasn’t much evidence of him in sight..
It could be that, it could be that we were tired and looking forward to seeing our families after three months on the road or it was probably a bit of both but something happened that day that hardly ever happened on our Excellent Adventure, we were ready to go long before a 15-3 game finally ended.
This video includes a look at Thurman Munson Stadium in Akron but also a brief look at Akron’s Canal Park, a vast improvement, which I saw on the 2003 Extra Innings Tour.
July begins tomorrow the same way it did for us in 1991, with a trip down to Columbus, Ohio to see the Columbus Clippers play. Enjoy the evening!
You never forget your Mom’s birthday…at least I hope you don’t, so our stop on June 29th 1991 was special anyway but Watt Powell Park in Charleston, WV, our last in the Southeast, felt almost as if we were turning a corner.
We had been to 91 parks since April 9, there were still 87 to go but as we turned toward the Northeast after this game I think we started to feel like we might really be able to do this thing.
A little trivia, some interesting weather history and Bill pulls a disappearing act.
We move into a new state tomorrow, its on to Canton, OH the 1991 home of the Eastern League’s Canton-Akron Indians.