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For the first time in its 95 years, the Mexican Baseball League has called off the entire season.

Previously, the season was going to proceed with a shortened schedule and possibly with empty seats where fans would have cheered. A 48-game season lasting from Aug. 7 to Oct. 1 was announced, with a 12-team expanded playoff from Oct. 3 through early November. 

But discouraging coronavirus statistics has compelled the LMB to call the whole thing off.

Health and safety aside, team owners decided the short season wasn’t economically viable.

Local fans were disappointed to learn that the Yucatan Leones can’t build momentum from its division-winning 2019 season. On social media, many commenters affirmed the decision with at least one saying that these days, there’s no money for baseball anyway.

The LMB and its 16 team owners agreed to provide financial support to the players and umpires corps.

Management also vowed to invest in television and media infrastructure.

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