Thursday, June 4, 2020

Possible plans for expanded fall league

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It has been multiple weeks since I reported on my Patreon page that a cancellation of the 2020 minor league season is likely as a result of the global pandemic.

Despite that, some minor leaguers staying active will be necessary in order to keep players ready in order to supplement each big league roster as needs and injuries arise.  That "taxi squad" could possibly travel with the team and play against the big league opponents' minor leaguers or they could remain stationed at a single location in order to play intrasquad games.

This week, Baseball America has reported that in order to make up for the lost playing time, a plan being considered is to allow each of the 30 organizations to send a roster of their own prospects to play at spring training venues in Arizona and Florida. Discussions of having a second, lower level team for each organization has happened.

Traditionally, the Arizona Fall League, a prestigious exhibition league for some of the top prospects in the game, allows each organization to send seven or eight players to participate in a one-month competitive schedule.

Things are in the talking stages, so there's nothing firm in place regarding an expanded fall league quite yet.  However, once it's announced that the 2020 regular season is lost for minor leaguers, look for an alternate plan for prospects to get more development time to become more clear.

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