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Elephant Rumblings: 2020 Little League World Series canceled

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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

The latest annual event to be canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic is the Little League World Series. It’s held each year in mid-August, but Little League International has already made the decision to call it off for this summer in the interest of everyone’s health. This is the first time the LLWS has been canceled in its history, dating back to 1947; this would have been the 74th edition.

In other news regarding amateur baseball, MLB and the Players Association are negotiating over what the 2020 draft will look like. In a report from Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic (see link below), the league’s latest proposal included a draft that would last 10 rounds, with various restrictions on spending. Talks are ongoing, but the number of rounds won’t drop below five, per a previous agreement between the two sides. In normal years, the draft lasts 40 rounds.

But even with the draft still expected to be held in June, will there be a minor league season at all? Our friend Bill from Athletics Farm takes a look at that question, as despite the lack of any official announcement yet, there is growing evidence that it won’t be feasible to hold minor league ball in the current environment. There can still be ways to get prospects into game action this summer, but it isn’t likely to come in the usual form nor in front of any fans.

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