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Portland Sea Dogs offer refunds on all 2020 tickets, but that doesn’t mean Double A season is canceled

In sunnier times, fans gathered to watch the Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field.Patricia Harris

The Portland Sea Dogs are offering refunds for all the tickets they’ve sold for the 2020 season.

The offer is not an acknowledgment that the season has been canceled, said Sea Dogs president and general manager Geoff Iacuessa Thursday, but it is a concession to the “increasing likelihood” that Hadlock Field will not be accessible to fans to watch any of the Red Sox’ Double A affiliate’s potential games.

After Maine’s governor, Janet Mills, unveiled a “Stay Safer at Home” executive order Tuesday that maintains limits on gatherings of people through July, the Sea Dogs took action.

“There’s still an opportunity that maybe late in the season for us to be able to have fans at a game, but from our standpoint, we just wanted to communicate with fans that if they wanted to get a refund at this time or hold onto their tickets for next season, they could do that,” said Iacuessa.

“As an organization, we really want to be transparent and proactive and treat our fans the best that we can. The month of July right now, that guideline’s in place, so it really just left us with the month of August and our early September games, so instead of piecemealing things, we kind of dove all in.

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"Our anticipation is if it’s safe and we’re going to have games in August and September, fans are going to come out and support the game and see the game of baseball.”

Neither of the Red Sox’ other two local affiliates, the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox and short-season Single A Lowell Spinners, have made similar decisions.

Enough rumors circulated Wednesday for Minor League Baseball to issue a statement denying that the entire season had been canceled.

"The report circulating tonight that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been canceled is false," read the statement. "Minor League Baseball has confirmed with Major League Baseball that no such statement was made. No decision has been made as to when it will be safe to begin the 2020 season."

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This week, the Red Sox began offering refunds, credit, and exchange options for games that had been scheduled to be played at Fenway Park in April and May.


Michael Silverman can be reached at michael.silverman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeSilvermanBB.