The “Field of Dreams” Game has been canceled for 2020.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cardinals-White Sox contest has been suspended for this season as MLB deals with a litany of scheduling issues. Baseball erred on the side of caution on this one. It is a decision that isn’t fun, but it likely correct, as it wants to get in as many games as it can.
Cardinals-White Sox game at Field of Dreams next Thursday in Dyersville, Iowa cancelled, sources tell The Athletic. Reasoning not believed to be tied to additional positive tests on Cardinals. More a logistical problem.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 3, 2020
“Logistical issues” seems to point to the jigsaw that is 2020 MLB scheduling. Commissioner Manfred cancelled an entire week’s worth of Phillies games, despite zero failed COVID tests, so this shows how inconvenient a game in Dyersville, Iowa could be to accommodate.
Baseball ratings were up almost 200% the first week of games; so canceling the Field of Dreams game will obviously do nothing for momentum.
No announcement has been made over the rescheduling of a game in Field of Dreams’ old stomping grounds, but we can expect baseball to capitalize on the revenue as soon as they can. Hard to ignore the wave of media hoping for the downfall of sports so they can prove their political leader’s correct, but in this case, baseball will make sure this game happens.
The Chicago White Sox have been one of the most exciting teams to watch this year, so a primetime game on a movie set might be the perfect way to showcase their emergence.