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MLB Bullets is worried about MiLB

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Minor league ball is going to be hit hard by the coronavirus.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies v. Portland Sea Dogs Photo by Zachary Roy/Getty Images

If you live in a smaller city, one that doesn’t have a major league baseball franchise, then chances are good you’ve probably been a regular attendee for minor league baseball games.

They’re great for the family, especially on a budget, and give baseball fans a first look at up-and-coming prospects, while also periodically getting to see big name stars who need to work on their swing or get back into fighting shape after an injury.

But in a recent Sports Illustrated cover story by Robert Sanchez, minor league clubs are making it clear that the post-coronavirus future looks very grim indeed. In survey results from 68 participating clubs, it became evident that teams were concerned about their immediate future and the ability to survive even into next year.

The article, while dire, looks at the impact of teams on the towns where they are located, and the economic fallout of losing the clubs entirely. It’s not one to read if you’re in a good mood, because it’s fairly clear that not every team will survive these trying economical times.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.