Today, the Eastern League and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies announced that the 2020 Eastern League All-Star Game will be canceled due to the coronavirus.
The All-Star Game was scheduled to take place on July 15. Also, the Homerun Derby, scheduled to be held on July 14, has been canceled.
Rumble Ponies’ team President John Hughes stated “This is a very unfortunate casualty of the COVID-19 virus. I know how much went into this from our community. The fans, the elected officials, and the team went all in to put our best foot forward. We are now shifting our focus to providing an incredibly action-packed schedule into a condensed season. I remain committed to providing a safe and memorable experience for this community and look forward to our 2020 Opening day.”
The press release also stated that tickets for the All-Star Game and Homerun Derby may be exchanged for 2020 regular game tickets for the same or lesser value. If fans want a refund, they have to reach out to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies Front Office at such time that the stadium re-opens (This is how it works MLB!!!).
If the Rumble Ponies (AA affiliate of the New York Mets) will get the right to organize the 2021 All-Star Game is not known yet.
The Eastern-League ASG may be the first that is canceled due to the coronavirus, it certainly won’t be the last.