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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Cape Cod League Cancels 2020 Season

The Cape Cod League, the premier college summer league, on Friday announced it had canceled its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made through a unanimous vote of the league’s executive committee.

“Following CDC guidelines and medical recommendations, the league determined it would be impossible to guarantee the safety of players, coaches, umpires, host families, volunteers and fans during this unprecedented health crisis,” the statement said.

The Cape was slated to begin its season June 13, the latest Opening Day for any major college summer league. But the countdown to the return of baseball on the Cape now must be extended by a year.

The Cape Cod League traces its roots to 1885 but had stops and starts in its early years. But since 1946 the Cape has played continuously – until this year.

For personal reasons, this hurts a lot, even granted both its inevitability and the good logic behind this.

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cancellations, cape cod league

Thursday, April 02, 2020

London Series featuring Cubs, Cards canceled

ST. LOUIS—The cancellations and postponements of Major League Baseball’s season has now reached the Cardinals’ series against the Cubs in London this summer.

The Mitel & MLB Present London Series has been canceled due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, MLB announced Wednesday morning. The Cardinals and Cubs were scheduled to play at London Stadium on June 13-14. The London Series website states that the series will not take place at any time this season.

The series had been in jeopardy since concerns about international travel and the spread of COVID-19 in Europe began to take shape. In early March, the Cardinals had hoped MLB would wait on a decision until closer to the scheduled date of the series. But when the coronavirus began its rapid spread through the United States, MLB canceled Spring Training and delayed the start of the regular season, and the Cardinals’ focus shifted toward larger issues. It is still unknown when the season will begin.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2020 at 01:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cancellations, london, neutral site games

Monday, March 30, 2020

If 2020 season is cancelled, which teams would be hurt the most?

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently expressed his optimistic outlook, saying that he hoped the league would begin “gearing back up” in May. That would put a regular season return potentially at the end of June or at some point in July. He expressed that the league may have to get creative, likely referring to ideas like playing doubleheaders, extending the season deep into fall, and playing some games at neutral parks in warm-weather areas.

Manfred isn’t the only one champing at the bit for a return to normalcy. President Trump recently said he wanted to “open” the economy back up by Easter, meaning that our social isolation plan could be done in two weeks. And, frankly, I’m sure many of us are starting to become a little stir-crazy as we attempt to flatten the curve.

It’s hard to imagine life returning to normal when Coronavirus (COVID-19) is really starting to spread in the United States. It would be ill-advised for us to go back to business as usual. This is a time when we need to put other interests ahead of business interests. Frankly, there’s a very real possibility that there is no MLB season in 2020. Or, at the very least, there may be a point when Manfred has to choose between starting a season or protecting the health of the players and coaches, journalists, fans, and all of the many people that would interact with them and potentially become vectors for the virus.

In the event the 2020 season is cancelled, which teams stand to lose the most? Let’s take a look at some contenders.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2020 at 01:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cancellations, dodgers, phillies, reds, shortened season, what if

Friday, March 20, 2020

MLB calls off games in Mexico, Puerto Rico

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball called off what was to have been its first two regular-season games in Mexico City, along with a three-game series in Puerto Rico because of the new coronavirus.

Arizona and San Diego were to have played on April 18 and 19 at Mexico City’s Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium, a 20,000-capacity ballpark that opened in March 2019.

The New York Mets and Miami had been scheduled to play a three-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan from April 28-30.

MLB has delayed opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the virus outbreak.

If it pleases MLB any, I had to cancel a trip in April I had been looking forward to for months as well.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2020 at 12:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cancellations, neutral site games

 

 

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