If there is baseball in 2020, Williamsport, Pa., won’t be involved.
On Thursday, Little League International canceled its World Series and region tournaments. As a result, the 2020 MLB Little League Classic scheduled for Aug. 23 between the Orioles and Red Sox was also canceled.
“Delivering this news comes with a very heavy heart,” Hugh E. Tanner, the Little League International Board of Directors Chairman, said in a release. “We have never had to cancel our World Series tournaments, but, right now, as our world comes together, we must do everything we can to help stem the spread of this deadly virus.”
The MLB and MLBPA have committed to returning for the Little League Classic in 2021, when the games can be played at a safer time. The Little League World Series would've been in its 74th season this year. With the cancellation, celebrations for a 75th season have been pushed back to 2022.
The first MLB Little League Classic was played during the 2017 Little League World Series and is designed to increase MLB’s outreach to younger demographics and encourage kids to play baseball at a young age.
The Orioles and Red Sox were scheduled to be the fourth game in its history.
“While we take this pause from the World Series and Regional Tournaments this summer, we are committed to working with our volunteers and staff to continue to provide an unparalleled youth sports experience to all children and be back stronger than ever in 2021,” Tanner said.
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