While dealing with this period of uncertainty, the Clearwater Threshers have put together a list of frequently asked questions in hopes to provide some answers and stability to the Threshers Nation as it copes with the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Important Note: *This is a rapidly changing situation. We will update this page as we gather new information.
Last Updated: May 29
Q: How can I support the Threshers community? A: A great way to support our community is by supporting our local restaurant partners who have remained open to serve the public. A full list of these restaurant partners is available here.
Q: What is the best source for the latest Threshers news and information? A: We will be updating ThreshersBaseball.com and this FAQ page as new information is presented to us. You can also stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter here, and by following us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Q: When will the season begin? A: [From Minor League Baseball] The MiLB office is working in coordination with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide clubs the most up-to-date information related to the 2020 season, when players will report, and when it's safe to host games and fans again. As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, the federal government has issued recommendations to eliminate gatherings of 50+ people for the next eight weeks. While we await further information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and our local and federal agencies, we believe it's prudent for clubs to develop operational plans that account for ballparks being closed to large gatherings for several weeks.
Q: Can I still order merchandise online?
A: Yes, you can order merchandise from our online team store here.
Q: Are Spectrum Field and the Carpenter Complex open to visit?
A: In compliance with orders from the CDC, MLB and our local governments, the offices and fields at Spectrum Field and the Carpenter Complex are closed to the public at this time.
Q: Will the Threshers host a kids Summer Baseball Camp this year?
A: The Threshers are not currently planning any instructional baseball camps for kids this summer. We will be sure to notify everyone who attended the 2019 camp the next time we have one scheduled.
Q: What about my paid 2020 Silver Sharks membership?
A: Since we can't be together in person right now for Wednesday games, we will soon be notifying you of a way to pick up your new Silver Sharks promo items.
Individual Game Tickets
Q: What happens to tickets I had for games that might be postponed? A: The Threshers encourage you to hold on to any tickets you have already purchased, and you will be able to exchange them for a future game.
Season Ticket Holders
Q: Will I be refunded money for games that have been postponed if I have already paid for my season tickets for the 2020 season?
A: The Threshers are following the lead of Minor League Baseball in attempting to play a full season of games. We are viewing all games missed at this point as postponed with the intention to be made up at a future date. When there is a better idea of when we will begin play, we will be able to make further judgement.
Q: Has the season ticket holder party been canceled?
A: The Threshers have postponed the Season Ticket Holder party originally scheduled for April 8. More details to come.
Q: What happens if my group outing is postponed? A: The Threshers will work with each group leader directly to best re-schedule any outing that is postponed due to the current situation. Please contact your Threshers representative directly with any questions.
Q: When will I be able to get my tickets? A: Any distribution of tickets is presently on hold. We will reach out directly when the office re-opens to coordinate distribution of tickets.
Q: Will promotions and giveaways be re-scheduled? A: The Threshers will do everything in our power to re-schedule promotional nights, giveaways, and concerts that are being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Q: What if my question wasn't answered? A: If your question wasn't answered, you can reach out to a Threshers representative at 727-712-4300 or [email protected]. Our staff is working remotely and accessible to answer any questions via email or their direct line. You can also direct any questions to us on Twitteror Facebook.
Q: Are non-game events still scheduled? A: The Threshers are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow the guidelines put in place by our federal and local governments as it pertains to non-game events. As it stands, Hops for Hospice (October 3) and Boo Bash (October 31) are still on as scheduled.
From Threshers General Manager Jason Adams (April 17, 2020):
Dear Threshers Nation,
As our staff spends our days Safe at Home, we are continually looking for ways to provide an escape through entertainment. We hope for a moment you were able to pause these trying times and enjoy the #ThreshersAtHomeOpener where we virtually kicked off the Threshers season.
Another way we plan to bring a smile to you is by implementing our initial Promotion Schedule through our social media channels. I invite you to join us on a virtual journey of the originally planned in-park promotions. Enjoy post-game fireworks, theme nights and much more as we bring the ballpark experience to you!
Also, don’t forget to have your Lil Anglers check out our recently updated “Phinley’s Activity Area” for lots of exciting puzzles and activities.
Coming soon- please check our social media accounts for new contests featuring some great prizes!
While we all anxiously await less trying times, we are constantly thinking of first responders and health care professionals dealing with this pandemic, as well as our family, friends and neighbors who are tirelessly working to keep essential services running. We can’t fully express our gratitude but look forward to the day where we can honor you at Spectrum Field.
Until that time, please stay safe and let your special ones know how much they mean to you.
Threshers General Manager
From Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner (April 9, 2020):
Dear Minor League Baseball fans,
For many of us, Opening Night is one of our favorite days of the year, and we count down the days with great anticipation until its arrival.
Seeing the perfectly manicured grass, hearing the crack of the bat, catching a whiff of hot dogs and enjoying a beer at the ballpark for the first time each season means the boys of summer are back.
While I'm as excited for the start of baseball season as many of you are, this year, things are different. A global pandemic has brought the sports world to a screeching halt, and many of us face challenges we never dreamed of before now.
Baseball will be back as soon as it's safe for us to gather again. And when it does return, it will be that much more special to all of us who have missed it dearly. While we wait for baseball's return, we all need to do our part to ensure the safety of our families, friends and neighbors.
Please continue to follow the direction and advice of public health experts and agencies and adhere to the federal guidelines that have been established as we collectively battle the coronavirus. We all need to do our part.
I'm incredibly proud of the work being done by so many of our Minor League Baseball teams across the country in response to this pandemic, and the love and support shown for our communities has been so inspiring. Whether it is preparing meals for school-aged children in need, delivering necessities to the elderly or collecting and donating supplies, Minor League Baseball's charitable endeavors never cease to amaze me.
While we won't be able to gather at the ballpark for Opening Night this year, I encourage you to visit MiLB.TV to relive the countless memories made during the 2019 season. Until the start of the 2020 season, you can watch any of the 6,500+ games that were streamed on MiLB.TV in 2019, free of charge. This includes several league All-Star Games and playoff games, the Triple-A National Championship Game and all Triple-A and Double-A games.
Additionally, fans are encouraged to stay close to Minor League Baseball by following our social media accounts, visiting MiLB.com, our team websites and tuning into The Show Before The Show podcast for great content now and throughout the summer months.
In times like these, baseball has always shown a great power to heal, and we expect that to be the case again following this trying time in our nation's history. Once it is safe, baseball will be back, and we can't wait to see you at the ballpark.
President & CEO
Minor League Baseball