The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s start to the 2020 season has been delayed until at least June 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jacksonville’s baseball fans now know they will have to wait longer to play ball.
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp officially confirmed Tuesday that the start of the Southern League baseball season will be delayed through at least June 15.
Baseball teams have yet to return to action since the coronavirus pandemic halted competition midway through spring training in March.
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In all, 30 Jumbo Shrimp games have now been postponed.
The plans for the season are far from settled, although Jumbo Shrimp general manager Harold Craw expressed optimism that the Double-A club would play at some point this year.
"We are hopeful for Jumbo Shrimp baseball and the experience of Affordable Family Fun at 121 Financial Ballpark at some point in 2020," Craw said in a statement.
The club said that tickets to any home game before June 15 may be exchanged for a ticket of equal or lesser value in a later game.
The Southern League initially postponed the season on March 12, then last month extended that suspension through the start of May.
Minor league teams’ plans have been hit hard by the pandemic, which arrived only weeks before the regular season’s scheduled start. The coronavirus earlier this week eliminated the Florida State League’s All-Star Game, which was originally scheduled for Daytona Beach.
If the season does eventually begin, it’s far from clear what form the competition will take. Major League Baseball officials have discussed several short-term proposals for radical realignment in the major leagues to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.
As calculated by Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 is responsible for more than 70,000 deaths in the United States to date.