SALISBURY — The Delmarva Shorebirds are grounded for the 2020 minor league baseball season.

Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons on Tuesday after Major League Baseball decided not to provide any players to its affiliated teams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, Class-A Delmarva, which was set to celebrate its 25th anniversary season, will not play this year.

“We are disappointed that the 2020 season will not be played, but we remain committed to providing a first-class atmosphere while ensuring people’s safety and health when visiting with us,” Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters said in a press release. “As always, we will continue to support our community during this challenging time and look forward to having Shorebirds baseball back at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in 2021.

“Even though we are not able to play Shorebirds baseball here in 2020, we are still devoted to providing Delmarva with a fun, family atmosphere within the proper health guidelines,” Bitters said in the release. “It is our goal to transition the stadium into a community entertainment center in the meantime, while we will continue to plan for making the 2021 season and the years to come some of our best years yet.”

Adhering with all guidelines, the Shorebirds are planning numerous events at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. All event information will be distributed via Shorebirds social media, the website (theshorebirds.com), and through email once more information becomes available.

The Shorebirds are a Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by 7th Inning Stretch, LP, which also owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League.

The Shorebirds have entertained over five million fans since beginning play at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury in 1996. Delmarva captured South Atlantic League titles in 1997 and 2000, and hosted the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1999 and 2011.

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