LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Aviators confirmed the Minor League season will be delayed, saying they are scheduled to start playing at Las Vegas Ballpark on May 6.
Their first game is slated against the Sacramento River Cats.
The team says Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to delay the season by four weeks due to “health and safety reasons.”
The hopes had been for the Aviators to begin their season in April and AAA baseball could return after missing their entire 2020 season. Oh, they will play ball, but it looks like the season will be delayed one month.
Baseball writer Jeff Passan of ESPN says that the AAA season should begin in early May along with the AA and A seasons. This plan would likely allow more fans to attend games as ballparks and cities continue to open up across the country. Many states are already at 100% capacity. This would also make it easier for players to move from between the leagues as COVID restrictions are laxed.
Major League Baseball has made no official announcement, but there are encouraging signs with Spring Training camps opening up without problems in Arizona and Florida.