Before the global pandemic fundamentally altered life and the Major League Baseball calendar, one of the original schedule's novelties was the "Field of Dreams" game that was supposed to take place at the movie's filming site in Dyersville, Iowa.
The game was still on the docket as part of the revised, 60-game regional schedule, with the St. Louis Cardinals (who had taken the place of the New York Yankees) and the Chicago White Sox slated to play in front of the ghosts and the corn next Thursday. The game will not happen, however. MLB announced on Tuesday the game has been postponed.
"We made every effort to go ahead with a first-class event for the people of Iowa, admirers of the film and fans generally," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we have come to the conclusion that it would not be prudent to ask Clubs to step outside their normal routines, given the evolving public health challenges. We hope to host this event in Iowa in 2021."
The game was called off due to "logistical" issues rather than the Cardinals' mounting COVID-19 outbreak, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports. MLB hopes to play the game next August with the White Sox as one of the two teams.
Pushing the "Field of Dreams" game back a year makes sense -- if only because MLB is working on an abbreviated schedule this year, and because MLB would probably not want to run the risk of having to postpone the event twice in a year.
The Cardinals, by the way, are probably more concerned about their other schedule tweaks. They had a three-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers postponed, and they did not make the trip to Detroit to begin a four-game set with the Tigers on Monday due to the aforementioned outbreak that has resulted in 13 positive tests.
The Cardinals are the second team this young season to experience an outbreak. The Miami Marlins were the first. The Marlins haven't played since opening weekend because of it, though they are supposed to resume their season come Tuesday night.