Pair of area collegiate summer baseball leagues cancel seasons

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The two area collegiate summer baseball leagues have canceled their 2020 seasons.

The New York Collegiate Baseball League announced Tuesday that it would not have a season. The league includes Rome Generals and Sherrill Silversmiths. Last year they started on June 6. This year there will be no games.

“The NYCBL announces the cancellation of the 2020 season. Safety is our ultimate concern for everyone as we continue to follow both local, state and federal guidelines. We look forward to being stronger than ever for the 2021 season,” the league announced in a statement.

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Collegiate Baseball League would like to thank all of our franchises, players, coaches, communities and sponsors for their support during these times. We are proud members of the National Alliance of Collegiate Summer Baseball and have had a deep history since 1978. We explored multiple options to try to play some version of a 2020 summer season.”

PGCBL cancels season due to coronavirus

Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League President Robert Julian announced Wednesday the cancellation of the 2020 season. The league includes the Adirondack Trail Blazers and Utica Blue Sox. The 2019 season started May 31.

“It is with sadness, but a recognition of the health reality we face as a state and a nation, that the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League will not commence or play its 2020 season,” Julian said. “We recognize this is a great disappointment to our collegiate players, to our fans, our host communities, and the dedicated staff and owners who have spent so much of their lives making the league a vibrant part of collegiate baseball and the American baseball fabric. The dynamic of this crisis requires cancellation.”

The decision was made “for the health and safety of all concerned in this geographic area,” said league founder Jerry Ford. “We recognize the significant barriers with housing, player travel to Upstate New York and between cities, and other factors the league faces that Perfect Game doesn’t face, as other areas of the country reopen for play later this spring and summer.”

Julian noted, “We look forward to the 2021 season. In 2021, we will provide special access to our games to first responders, health care workers and provides, and essential workers in appreciation for their efforts on behalf of our communities. We will announce in the future our detailed plan to honor these special people.”

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