It’s official. The Nashville Sounds’ 2020 season has been canceled altogether thanks to COVID-19.
It was announced at the end of June that Major League Baseball would not be providing any Minor League team with players. This suspended every MiLB team’s season with no answer of if a season would be played.
Originally for the Sounds, the plan was to play a 60-game season with 40 unsigned free agents. Training would start July 1 and the season would begin around July 23 or 24.
Unfortunately, due to the rapidly changing state of Davidson County because of the pandemic, it was announced no season at all could take place.
The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club has issued the following statement on the 2020 Alternate Season: pic.twitter.com/eiqO2pLgNE
— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) July 29, 2020
This came as a major disappointment for Music City fans. There is already no Nashville Major League team to cheer on. Now with no Minor League baseball to watch, it’s hard to imagine a 2021 season happening if COVID-19 doesn’t calm down soon.
Refunds will be given to season ticket holders or a rollover credit will go towards the 2021 season. No individual tickets were sold through the official site.
This is the first season professional baseball will not be played in Nashville since 1977. First Horizon Park opened in April of 2015 and since it’s opening, almost 3 million fans have passed through the gates and cheered on the Sounds.
In the long run, it’s probably the best for a season not to be played. Adam Nuse, the Sounds’ general manager, hoped to have First Horizon park open at 25 percent capacity during the alternate season.
While that doesn’t seem like a lot, 25 percent is around 2,000 fans. Trying to social distance and enforce face masks and other protocols would have been difficult.
While the MiLB is not a factor this season, the MLB’s season has already begun. And sadly, it isn’t off to a great start. The Miami Marlins’ season has been suspended until Sunday due to the worsening of the coronavirus outbreak – the total now at 15 in the organization. The Phillies-Yankees series had also been put to a halt as a caution.
This should be a good indication that even though the Sounds aren’t playing, it’s for everyone’s own good. Though the news right now is heartbreaking, and even though fans can’t enjoy Booster the Hot Chicken or the insane guitar-shaped scoreboard, hopefully they can try and look forward to a great 2021 season.
That is, unless coronavirus takes it away again. But, one can hope.
Featured image via @NashvilleSounds Twitter.