Coronavirus Impacts Minor League Baseball This Summer and Beyond
Sixty-eight minor league franchises responded to a Sports Illustrated inquiry.
And the results are:
-35% are seriously concerned about being able to operate in the future
-74% are seriously concerned about the same for other teams
-50% have laid off or furloughed employees
-81% took PPP loans
“You can’t sleep at night, knowing some of the things you’ll have to do to survive,” says Jeff Savage, the president of the Triple A Sacramento River Cats.
The impact, however, extends into the minor-league communities, where residents are a part of the minor league gang.
The Addington family is a host family for the short-season A Colorado Springs Vibes, having had two players live with them in each of the Vibes' first two seasons in Colorado Springs.
"The loss of the Rocky Mountain Vibes would be devastating to this community," the Addingtons explain. "This is more than just baseball."