After weeks of waiting in limbo Minor League Baseball team affiliates across the country, including the Class A Stockton Ports, were given notice that their 2020 season has officially been canceled.


It was a decision that seemed inevitable, as the Ports waited through the coronavirus pandemic and Major League Baseball restart negotiations.


"These 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 Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O'Conner in a statement. "While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment."


It will be the first summer since 1977 that baseball won’t be played in Stockton.


"Obviously disappointing that it has come to this, but there is a lot going on not only off the field but on the field as well with getting Major League Baseball started under a lot of trying circumstances to make it safe," Ports president and co-owner Pat Filippone said. "It’s not surprising but it is unfortunate that we wont be able to play baseball in Stockton this year. There is a lot of things that are going on that very serious and very important. It’s just the way it is."


In a released statement, the Ports said their staff will begin directly contacting all fans who have purchased tickets, ticket plans, or group outings for the 2020 season next week, to provide additional information.


"We are disappointed by the news from MiLB that we will not be able to provide our fans and the Stockton community with quality baseball and family-friendly entertainment that they have come to expect at Banner Island Ballpark in 2020." Filippone said. "Our focus will now shift into providing support to the Stockton community during this unprecedented time and looking forward to preparing for the best season possible in 2021. Our thoughts will continue to remain with those affected by the pandemic and those working on the front lines. We would also like to sincerely thank all of our partners, ticket holders, fans, and the community for their continued support of the Stockton Ports."


The Ports are also one of 15 minor league baseball teams that have recently filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The suit, which was filed last week, states that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage after Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred indefinitely suspended their seasons in March.


"We have paid significant premiums for many years for our business interruption insurance to protect us from catastrophic economic consequences," Filippone said last week. "And certainly the loss of the season, or at least the loss of the first three months of the season, is catastrophic. The insurer gladly accepted our premiums, and now we need them to meet their obligation to pay for our losses."


Though the Ports won’t be playing at Stockton Ballpark this season, there is still a chance there will be some baseball played on the diamond this year. Stockton is one of a couple locations the Athletics are considering to send their Taxi Squad players during this year’s shortened MLB season.


However, according to the San Francisco Chronicle the rise of COVID-19 cases in San Joaquin County, have made the Athletics rethink that decision.


"They A’s are negotiating directly with the city of Stockton," Filippone said. "I was briefed at the end of last week that they were still negotiating and I haven’t heard anything this week. I imagine that’s still the case, that they are still in the midst of trying to find an agreement to have the alternate site be Banner Island Ballpark, which would be great if we can get it done."


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