Wilmington, DE – As our community joins the nation and world in feeling the full impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Wilmington Blue Rocks owners Dave Heller and Clark Minker and General Manager Andrew Layman have written a candid letter to fans, partners & family members to address the current
Wilmington, DE – As our community joins the nation and world in feeling the full impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Wilmington Blue Rocks owners Dave Heller and Clark Minker and General Manager Andrew Layman have written a candid letter to fans, partners & family members to address the current status of the 2020 season.
Please click HERE to download and view the full letter. The text of reads:
During this crazy and unprecedented time, we want to share with you how much our team appreciates you - our tremendous fans, great corporate partners, and wonderful Blue Rocks family.
Baseball has long held a special ability, even during our most challenging times, to help heal our nation and bring us together. It has been, and hopefully will continue to be, our joyful escape and our welcome distraction. Baseball uniquely brings together our diverse and disparate four-state, multi-city community, enables us to make lasting connections with neighbors and colleagues, and to celebrate with family and friends. Even when the Rocks are not on the field, we are still woven deeply into the fabric of Wilmington and the surrounding region.
The outpouring of support we have seen throughout our region inspires us and drives us to work even harder to better serve you, our guests. Following these difficult days, and MLB’s decision to postpone our season’s start indefinitely, the Blue Rocks have suspended all of their activities at Frawley Stadium. We do this with great sadness and reluctance, but knowing it is necessary for us to achieve our top priority: protect the health, safety and well-being of our fans, players, staff and the greater community.
The Blue Rocks are committed to on-going communication in these fast-changing times. We are in continual contact with MiLB, our elected representatives, local medical experts, and Delaware Division of Public Health Officials. As information develops, we will proactively share it with you – as quickly as possible. If you have any questions or ideas, please engage with us on BlueRocks.com, reach out directly to our excellent staff, or go to our social media outlets for additional information. We always welcome your feedback.
You, our fans, have proven resilient in the face of adversity; there is an unsinkable spirit in this great community that defines who we are. We never give in, never back down, and never stop working to get better. This is our home, you’re our neighbors and friends, and we are all in this together – we must be safe, smart, careful, and especially considerate of one another. And while we will all miss the crack of the bat, the cheers of our enthusiastic fans, and the extraordinary drive and determination of our great players, we are committed to staying engaged with you, our family.
For those with friends or loved ones affected by the virus, our hearts and prayers go out to you. We know your lives will never be the same. And while we hope for our neighbors’ good health, we also look forward to returning to our regular lives and a renewed sense of normalcy. When we do, the Blue Rocks will be back at Frawley, playing baseball, and putting smiles on the faces of children. We at the Blue Rocks all look forward to when that first pitch is tossed and we can once again celebrate the special ability of baseball to bring us together.
Further, Minor League Baseball (MiLB) released a statement regarding 2020 season delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12. MiLB President & CEO Pat O'Conner wrote a letter to fans on March 13. Both of those can be viewed HERE.
Further updates and information on the 2020 season will be provided to fans as they become available. Fans are urged to continue following guidelines set forth by the CDC, WHO and their local authorities.