Greenville Drive confirmed its 2020 season is officially canceled as Minor League Baseball canceled the season for all teams nationwide.
Greenville Drive owner Craig Brown said health and safety concerns for staff and fans amidst the rising cases of COVID-19 was the deciding factor.
“The ongoing concern for the safety of our community and the safety of Minor League Baseball communities across the country — inclusive of fans, front office staff, game-day staff, players and coaches — led to this decision,” Brown said in an email announcing the news to the Drive community and business partners.
The news comes one week after Major League Baseball announced its 2020 season will begin on July 23 or 24, with a restricted schedule of 60 games. Major League players are set to report to training by July 1. Spring training camps had previously been shut down for months due to health and safety concerns from COVID-19.
“Summer will not be the same without Greenville Drive baseball to enjoy.” – Greenville Drive owner Craig Brown
As of now, Greenville Drive has not made any announcements regarding staff, tickets and advertising refunds, rollover options or other accommodations for fans and partners.
“Given this news is so fresh, please bear with us as we determine precise next steps to ensure our business and community partnerships continue to thrive in the future,” Brown said.
Brown said despite the news, the organization will remain active investors in the Greenville community, both culturally and economically, while expressing sadness at the cancellation.
“Summer will not be the same without Greenville Drive baseball to enjoy,” Brown said.
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“The Greenville Drive are devastated by today’s unprecedented announcement. Our staff has been hard at work for many months preparing for the Drive’s 15th Anniversary Season in Downtown Greenville at Fluor Field. I’m very disappointed for our fans and the entire Community as the summer will not be the same in Downtown Greenville without Drive baseball to enjoy. And I’m also disappointed that the dedication and hard work put in by our staff will now have to wait until 2021 to see its full impact.” – Drive Owner/President, Craig Brown – 🚨 LINK TO FULL RELEASE IN BIO 🚨