Reports: Double-A, Class A baseball seasons to have delayed start

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 10:47 PM CST
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - With the absence of the minor league baseball seasons in 2020, Shuckers fans may seem a little more eager than usual at this time of year to get back to MGM Park. And while all indications suggest a 2021 season is on the horizon, the Shuckers’ season may begin a bit later than normal.

Multiple reports earlier this week said that Major League Baseball informed its minor league teams that the Double-A and Class A level seasons will be delayed in order to allow for more social distancing and other safety measures during the spring training period. The memo also reportedly said that Double-A and Class A spring training will not start until after spring training for MLB and Triple-A teams concludes.

This is a fluid situation, and while opening day in Biloxi could theoretically come later in the spring than it typically does, the Shuckers are preparing for a full slate of action this season.

“Right now, we’re still planning on starting the season on time, that’s what they told us,” Shuckers general manager Hunter Reed said. “We realize due to COVID, we could have some changes beyond that. But we’re looking forward to having a full season of baseball, whenever it does start. We don’t have our schedule just yet, but we’re looking forward to getting that and hopefully we’ll get some baseball here at MGM Park real soon.”

Shuck Nation memberships are on sale now for the upcoming season.

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