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WICHITA — The Wichita Wind Surge saw its season ended Tuesday without playing a game.


Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that the 2020 seasons for all its member leagues have been canceled, due in part, to the COVID-19 outbreak.


The Wind Surge was to begin its first season at Riverfront Stadium on the site of the former Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The Wind Surge moved to Wichita from New Orleans and is the Class AAA affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The team is a member of the Pacific Coast League. The team is the first Class AAA team in Wichita since the Wichita Aeros left at the end of the 1984 season. It is the first Major League affiliated team in Wichita since the Wichita Pilots/Wranglers left at the end of the 2007 season.


While the Majors have crafted a plan to begin play beginning sometime later this month, MLB has declined to provide players to its Minor League affiliates.


"These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we've had a summer without Minor League Baseball played," said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner. "While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment."


"On behalf of the entire Wichita Wind Surge family and our partners in the Pacific Coast League, we would like to thank the city of Wichita for your love and support," Wind Surge managing general partner Lou Schwechheimer said. "While we are disappointed with today’s announcement, during the COVID-19 pandemic, our primary concern has been and remains, the health, safety and well being of the fans and families entrusted to our care. As we navigate these challenging and unprecedented times together, please know that Wichita Wind Surge baseball has been delayed — not denied. We look forward to working closely with our corporate, community and philanthropic partners to enhance the quality of life in this great community for generations to come. Our time will come."


Options for Wind Surge season ticket holders is listed at https://www.milb.com/wichita/news/2020-ticket-exchange-policy.