KANNAPOLIS — Minor league baseball groups had been suggested Tuesday that Main League Baseball has determined to not present gamers to their minor league associates to enable a shortened 2020 season. Consequently, there can be no minor league baseball this yr.
“This can be a very disappointing improvement, however one which we’ve been making ready for because the COVID numbers have elevated in our state over the previous couple of weeks,” mentioned Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Common Supervisor Matt Millward.
The Nationwide Affiliation of Skilled Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing physique, made the long-expected announcement. The Skilled Baseball Settlement between the majors and the minors expires after this season, and MLB has proposed lowering the minimal associates from 160 to 120.
Workforce proprietor Andy Sandler mentioned they nonetheless need to host baseball video games in step with well being and security steerage. The group has been in talks with officers of native participant leagues in any respect ranges of play. State and metropolis officers must resolve when it’s protected to host video games and different occasions.
“We are going to comply with authorities steerage on after we can have followers attend video games and what precautions we should always take corresponding to social distancing and masks,” Sandler mentioned.
The group has opened the gates to the general public to make use of Atrium Well being Ballpark as a metropolis park and strolling facility.
“Whereas it is rather disappointing to not have the Cannon Ballers play this season, the well being of our followers is our high precedence. From the start we wished the ballpark to be a ‘public park’ and used on daily basis,” Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant mentioned. “We’re glad individuals are out having fun with it. Seeing so many individuals utilizing the stadium to stroll round, safely meet up with pals, and even seize an inexpensive sandwich has been gratifying.”
The ballpark, which has a seating capability of 4,930 with 3,218 of these being mounted seats, is open day by day for the general public to make use of from 7:30 a.m. to eight p.m. and meals is accessible from noon-7 p.m. from Boomer’s Bistro, the concession stand on the third base concourse. An expanded menu and drink service is accessible Thursday and Friday beginning at Four p.m., and Saturday and Sunday beginning at midday.
“Now we have an unimaginable ballpark and we hope that the general public will go to, take a stroll across the concourse, and luxuriate in Boomer’s Bistro. We can be able to rejoice baseball greater than ever in 2021,” Eddie Smith, Kannapolis Deputy Metropolis Supervisor and Ballpark Challenge Supervisor, mentioned.
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