RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The start of Double-A and Single-A Minor League Baseball seasons will be delayed, according to Baseball America. This would include the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The publication notes that Major League Baseball has informed its minor league teams that spring training for Double-A and Single-A affiliates will be pushed back until MLB and Triple-A players leave the spring training sites. This will allow for increased social distancing and safety measures as organizations look to operate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of now, MLB camps are expected to begin on time, meaning that players expected to begin the season in either Double-A or Class A would not begin spring training until late March or early April. Major League Baseball is scheduled to open its season on April 1.
The minor leagues took a big financial hit in 2020, seeing the entire campaign canceled due to the pandemic. Minor League Baseball has also undergone an overhaul, seeing the number of affiliates reduced from 160 to 120. Last month saw MLB franchises send invitations to the minor league clubs they hoped to sign on or retain as affiliates. The Giants officially invited the Flying Squirrels to remain their partner at that time.
The Squirrels came to Richmond in 2009 and played their inaugural season at the Diamond in 2010.
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