2020 MiLB season has been canceled

The COVID-19 pandemic has washed out the 2020 Buffalo Bisons season

Brayton Wilson
June 30, 2020 - 1:38 pm

After holding out hope for a while the there would be Buffalo Bisons baseball this summer, fans may have to wait until the 2021 season for a return of baseball to Sahlen Field.

Minor League Baseball officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 season on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic was felt around the baseball world from Day 1 as Major League Baseball was forced to shut down spring training early in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. That was followed by the lengthy pause to the start of the season and the labor negotiations that followed between the MLB and the Players' Association.

Finally, after back-and-forth negotiations stalled out, the MLB implemented a 60-game season that the players agreed to on June 24, and teams will begin reporting to training camp on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, the 2020 MiLB season could not be saved as teams needed to make some pay cuts during the pandemic, which included the release of several minor league players.

The Bisons finished with a 71-69 record and a third place finish in the IL North in 2019 - their best season in the International League since 2014. Buffalo has not been in the playoffs at the Triple-A level since 2005 when the team was still affiliated with the Cleveland Indians.

The 2020 MLB season is expected to get underway on Thursday, July 23 after a three-week period to get the players ready for the return of play.

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