Given the current COVID-19 situation in Mexico, the 16 teams of the Mexican Baseball League made the difficult decision on Wednesday to cancel the 2020 season.
“The 16 teams of the circuit, together with the Mexican Baseball League, have made the difficult decision to not play the 2020 season. We will take advantage of the situation to return even stronger for 2021,” said the league in an official statement.
The LMB, which was established in 1925 and was set to celebrate its 95th anniversary season this year, simply could not put together a viable plan to play the season.
Mexico is one of the countries which is currently being worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with new cases continuing to rise rapidly.
The league, which was won by the Acereros de Monclova last season, is considered to be one of the top leagues in the world behind the MLB, along with South Korea’s KBO and Japan’s NPB.
The league, which would have begun in early August after being postponed from its original late March start date, would have seen massive financial losses along with the possibility of putting both fans and players in danger had it played this year.
So, the LMB will look to 2021 and hope that the situation has improved sufficiently in order to allow next season to go on without a hitch.