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A summer with no Mr. Celery: Blue Rocks cancel season

The Blue Rocks, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, joined the rest of Minor League Baseball in the cancellation.

The season’s canceled for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, but the team is looking forward to “developing opportunities to bring joy and excitement to Frawley Stadium at the appropriate time.”

The team invites fans to “to monitor BlueRocks.com and its social media pages for upcoming safe and fun events at Frawley Stadium later this summer and fall.” 

The stadium with its bright blue seating is a popular summer destination for Wilmington area families, and it caters to them with a string of entertainers and specials designed to delight kids.

Blue Rocks baseball camps are continuing, with one ending Thursday, and other camps scheduled July 20-21 and Aug. 7-8. The Quarry Team Store remains open, but “promotional items associated with canceled games cannot be distributed to ticket holders nor purchased by any fans,” an FAQ on the team’s site says.

The Blue Rocks, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, joined the rest of Minor League Baseball in the cancellation, a result of Major League Baseball declaring Tuesday that they wouldn’t provide players to affiliates.

The FAQ essentially says the team will honor this year’s commitments in 2021 or 2022, but the FAQ is silent about refunds. Requests for comment were not immediately returned.

Fans with ticket packages are being sent emails, and fans with individual tickets “will have the ability to exchange their tickets for another home game during the 2021 or 2022 seasons,” the FAQ says.

Fans who booked group outings are told full or partial payments will be rolled over “to a similar reservation for a new event in either 2021 or 2022.” Group events where no money has been paid will be canceled. 

Tickets for games rained out after Sept. 31, 2019 can be exchanged for any 2021 or 2022 home game.

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