There will no baseball played at Nat Bailey Stadium this summer.
The first dominoes in an uncertain baseball landscape fell on Monday afternoon as three players, including two from the defending World Champion Washington Nationals, opted out of the 2020 season due to health and safety concerns about COVID-19. "While we are heartbroken that we will not be able to provide our community the tremendous baseball experience in 2020 that they have come to expect here at PK Park, for the safety of our fans, players and staff, we fully support this decision".
The Canadians, who play in the single-A, short-season Northwest League, are a farm team of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Major League Baseball released a statement Tuesday saying it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players.
"While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes any uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 seasons of affordable family entertainment".
It will be the first summer since 1977 that Nat Bailey has not hosted Canadians baseball.
At this time, the Timber Rattlers say they're working with Major League Baseball officials to see if fans will be allowed to watch the practices.
In addition, the team says the Snake Pit Team Store, as well as the Fox Club at the stadium will remain open.