The decision was expected but still leaves a large number of Florida State players without a team to play baseball this summer.
Major League Baseball announced the cancelation of the minor league season on Tuesday afternoon, which halts the development of about two dozen Seminoles. There has been discussion about playing an extended fall or winter league in Arizona, Florida or other sites, potentially using teams’ spring training facilities.
FSU has seven players on 60-man major league rosters, including All-Star catcher Buster Posey but also some rising young prospects like Cal Raleigh (Mariners) and Taylor Walls (Rays).
Minor-league prospects had been left to work out with friends on their own at local gyms and fields. Earlier this month, the Osceola spoke with Drew Carlton, JC Flowers and Rhett Aplin about their workouts.
The logistics of playing minor league baseball are challenging: Stadium capacity limitations on a state-by-state basis would have slashed revenues for teams that are dependent on ticket sales and concessions. The cost of testing would also have been expensive regardless of who would be paying the bill: the major league teams, minor league owners or players.
“There 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 Pat O’Conner, president and CEO of Minor League Baseball.
The topic of paying minor leaguers during the pandemic has been a hot one but nearly all of the 30 MLB teams have covered players’ monthly salary through at least July 31, according to Baseball America.