By Daniela Schneider
Exactly one week after Major League Baseball and its players association came to an agreement to resume their season, the Durham Bulls have officially called it quits for the 2020 season.
After the coronavirus pandemic indefinitely halted the start of the season back in March, the Bulls announced via Twitter earlier this evening that any hope of starting the season is gone.
MLB informed minor league teams that they will not be providing players for this season, according to a Tweet posted today by Minor League Baseball.
“The impact of COVID-19 has been profound in all areas of our lives, and while we had hoped that things would be under control enough to start the season this summer, it just wasn’t meant to be,” Bulls Vice President Mike Birling explained in a video posted online Tuesday.
The Durham Bulls are a defining part of summer in the Bull City, from the fan-inclusive atmosphere at games in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to the Fourth of July fireworks show. And, of course, to the antics of mascot Wool E. Bull.
“The DBAP is a place where hundreds of thousands of new memories are made each season and to realize that will not happen in 2020 is difficult,” Birling said. “We here at the Bulls are heartbroken to not be able to host you for Bulls games this year and are already counting down the days until next year’s opening day.”
Information on what this means for purchased tickets, group reservations and more is available on this Durham Bulls site.
9th Street Journal reporter Daniela Schneider can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
At top: A 2015 evening Durham Bulls game at Durham Athletic Park. Photo from Wikimedia