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Kernels cancel 2020 season as MLB says it will not provide players

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Minor League Baseball teams across Iowa and the country are adjusting or canceling their 2020 seasons as the MLB announced they would not be providing players due to COVID-19.

The Kernels in Cedar Rapids announced today they will cancel their 2020 season.

Kernels General Manager, Scott Wilson “We are disappointed with the cancellation of the entire 2020 Minor League season by Minor League Baseball. We understand it is a decision they did not make lightly. We also understand how disappointed our fans and sponsors, who were looking forward to a terrific year of baseball, must be. Kernels baseball will return in 2021 and we look forward to seeing all our fans next season."

If you have purchased coupon books or gift certificates for the 2020 season, they can be rolled over and used during the Kernels 2021 season, according to a release.

Major League Baseball (MLB) announced today it will not be providing it's affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season.

"These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we've had a summer without Minor League Baseball played," said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O' Conner," While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment."

However, in Black Hawk County the Waterloo Bucks, a college summer league, still plans to hold their 2020 season.

According to their website, as of June 23rd, the organization planned to welcome guests back for the season on Thursday, July 2nd.

Waterloo Bucks General Manager, Dan Corbin said in a June 22nd release, “We’re very excited to be able to bring Waterloo Bucks baseball back to the Cedar Valley for the 2020 season.  Our entire organization has been working tirelessly with the Northwoods League, Waterloo Mayor Hart, Waterloo Leisure Services, and the Black Hawk County Health Department and Sheriff’s Office over the past few months to implement a plan that allows us to safely reopen Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium.  We aim to provide a safe, fun baseball season this summer that will hopefully help bring some normalcy back to everybody’s lives."

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Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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