Opinion: Minor League Baseball's canceled 2020 season a cruel blow in grim 2020 sports year

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Gabe Lacques discusses players like Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross opting to sit out the MLB season and why there are certainly others who will choose the same path.

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For all the sacrifices and deferred dreams the novel coronavirus forced upon the sports world, many are paired with some solace, knowing that there will be a next year.

One sector, from top to bottom, doesn’t have that luxury.

The long-anticipated announcement Tuesday that Minor League Baseball’s 2020 season will be canceled is a blow to thousands of minor leaguers who just saw the thankless, debt-inducing, harrowing road to the majors sidetracked, perhaps permanently.

It is a gut punch to the staffers still remaining at the 160 affiliated minor-league clubs who have held on through furloughs and pay cuts and added even more creative duties to their usual titles in the name of keeping their jobs. With an entire calendar year of virtually no revenue, many more will lose their jobs.

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