PEORIA (WEEK) - The Peoria Chiefs 2020 baseball season is over before it ever began. All of Minor League Baseball was canceled Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League teams are still set to begin a 'Summer Training' on Friday. Some players began reporting Wednesday.
Peoria Chiefs General Manager Jason Mott spoke at a news conference Wednesday. He explained the team has furloughed all but 3 employees. He added they could be down six-figures after losing the season, saying they'll pretty much be starting from scratch in 2021.
But he's confident they'll be back. "To everybody out there that's worried 'is baseball going to be here in 2021?' We're here for the long haul. The Chiefs are going to be part of the Peoria community and we're excited to be," explained Mott.
Until then, he said they are considering other events. They are planning to host a CrossFit event and a Beer-fest in September after rescheduling from earlier in the year. They're also still hoping to host at least 2 Peoria Notre Dame football games this fall.
But that's not the only worry. The teams affiliation with the St. Louis Cardinals comes to an end in September. Mott, however, is confident they will be moving forward with their partnership.
"We've got a great relationship (with St. Louis), they love being here we love having them - I expect us to be together for a long time. the hope is that there's not a two or four year thing and that we have a longer commitment and I think that's what a lot of teams will look for. We expect to be the cardinals affiliate for 21 and for years to come," said Mott.
A good sign, he said many of their season ticket holders have already committed to the 2021 season.