Statements Regarding the 2020 Season
Minor League Baseball statement regarding the start of the 2020 season
March 12, 2020: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the developments and will announce additional information about the 2020 season at a later date. We will work with Major League Baseball and our community partners to resume play as soon as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of Minor League Baseball fans, players and executives is our top priority, and our thoughts are with those around the world who have been affected by this outbreak.
Pulaski Yankees statements
March 14, 2020: In light of the uncertainty surrounding the start dates of the 2020 MLB and MiLB seasons, we will be delaying the sale of single game tickets and release of our 2020 promotional schedule to May 1. While we do not yet know how or if the start of short-season leagues will be affected, we will keep you updated as we get more information. We join Minor League Baseball and the entire baseball industry in prioritizing the health and safety of our fans as our chief concern. Stay safe and know that baseball will be back soon.
April 23, 2020: The 2020 Pulaski Yankees season is still expected to begin on June 22. We are in constant communication with the Appalachian League and Minor League Baseball about the season and will provide further updates as needed. At this time, we plan to play our full 68-game slate as originally scheduled. We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our fans and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park as soon as it is safe to do so.
In order to allow more time for local businesses to evaluate the current economic climate and finalize plans for theme night and giveaway partnerships, we have delayed the release of the 2020 promotional scheduled to June 1. The on-sale date for single game tickets has also been pushed back to June 1 at 10am. Season tickets and flex tickets remain on sale online at milb.com/pulaski/tickets.
May 12, 2020: With the Major League Baseball owners and players working on a plan to resume Spring Training and start the 2020 season, we are awaiting clarity on when baseball might return. While the details are still being discussed, it appears the best-case scenario for the start of the 2020 MLB season is early July. As such, we are expecting a delayed start to our 2020 season, as we will not start playing prior to MLB. The on-sale date for single game tickets is delayed indefinitely.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Is the 2020 season cancelled?
No, the 2020 season is not cancelled. The start of the 2020 Minor League Baseball Championship Season has been delayed and full-season teams have not yet begun their seasons. We do not yet know how or if the start of short-season leagues will be affected. As such, we are preparing to begin our 2020 season as scheduled on June 22, 2020 and will provide updates if and when they become necessary.
How many games will the Pulaski Yankees play in 2020?
If the 2020 season is able to begin as scheduled on June 22, the Pulaski Yankees will play their full 68-game slate, plus any potential playoff games. The goal for all Minor League teams is to play as many games as possible once it is safe to do so.
Will there be attendance restrictions when games resume?
That is unknown at this time. We will adhere to all regulations in place for gatherings in Pulaski when the season begins.
I am a season ticket holder. If the start of the season is delayed, what will happen with my tickets?
If the start of the 2020 season is delayed, efforts will be made by the Appalachian League to reschedule games on the back-end of the schedule. If the number of scheduled games is reduced, season ticket holders will be provided a credit in the form of Calfee Cash for the games missed. For example, if two games are missed, a season ticket holder who paid $340 ($10/game) would receive $20 in Calfee Cash.
If I have a group outing scheduled and the start of the season is delayed, what will happen with my outing?
If the start of the 2020 season is delayed, the Pulaski Yankees will contact all group leaders who had booked an outing for a delayed or rescheduled game and work with them on an individual basis.
Are you still hiring for gameday staff?
No, not at this time. Our job fairs for seasonal employees will no longer take place as originally scheduled in May. We will reevaluate the situation once we have a better understanding of the government regulations and social distancing recommendations that may be in place during the season.
Will planned construction still take place prior to the 2020 season?
No, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, planned upgrades to Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park previously announced on February 13 will NOT take place for the 2020 season. The seating under the canopy along the third baseline will remain general admission seating for the 2020 season. The PSK Party Deck will require its own Party Deck GA ticket for the coming season. While additional concessions carts will not be added for 2020, a "Season Ticket Holder Only" window will be added to the main concession stand to accommodate for the removal of waitress service in club seating behind home plate and improvements are continually being made to enhance the fan experience at all concession points of sale.
Statement Regarding Ongoing PBA Negotiations
Statement from Minor League Baseball regarding the ongoing negotiations of a new Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA)
April 23, 2020: "The respective negotiating teams of Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball held a constructive meeting on Wednesday [April 22, 2020]. The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future."
No further comment will be made about the PBA negotiations or the 2021 season by the Pulaski Yankees at this time.