The Indianapolis Indians didn’t throw a single pitch in 2020.
After initially delaying the start of the season, the Tribe canceled its season in June after Major League Baseball informed its Minor League Baseball affiliates that players would not be made available to compete in a pandemic-shortened season.
The Indians were founded in 1901 and had played 119 consecutive seasons—including through World War II—before this season.
The Indians, who serve as the triple-A farm team for the Pittsburgh Pirates, took a big financial hit from the decision, since most of the club’s revenue comes from ticket sales, suite rentals and concessions.
Randy Lewandowski, president and general manager of the Indians, said the club was “disappointed and saddened” by the cancellation.
Lewandowski told IBJ in an email that the team is “in a good financial position to weather this storm and looks forward to the 2021 Indians baseball season.”