No Muddy, no DEWD this summer: minor league ball canceled


No hi-jinx from Muddy the Mudcat.

DEWD can’t fly around Historic Grainger Stadium.

Two of eastern North Carolina’s well-known minor league baseball mascots will lounge around the pond this summer.

The COVID-19 outbreak forced Major League Baseball owners to inform their minor league affiliates last week that they will not provide teams with players this season.

Thus, the 2020 minor league has been shelved.

“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 Pat O’Conner, president and CEO of minor league baseball.

“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.”

The Mudcats announced that representatives from should contact individual game ticket holders within the next seven business days. If a notification is not received, the front office requests emails be sent to

“We are excited to continue to provide you with a great family-friendly and safe place to make another 30 years worth of memories soon,” the Mudcats stated on their website.

The Down East Wood Ducks, the Single A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, won the Carolina League first-half Southern Division title in 2019.

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate professional baseball in Kinston [and] Eastern North Carolina this year, but are already working towards a terrific 2021 season,” the club stated on its website.

Ticket holders who have questions are asked to call 252-686-5172.

MLB, which began as the National Association of Professional Baseball League, was founded on Sept. 5, 1901.


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