The Minnesota Baseball Association is pushing back the start date of the 2020 regular season until May.
The following was posted to the league website, mnbaseball.org:
League Officers, Commissioners, Managers, Players and Fans:
As our daily lives continue to be transformed by the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this unprecedented event affecting our world today. We have received numerous calls and emails inquiring as to the status of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball season for 2020. As of March 18, we are requesting that no games be scheduled or played prior to May 1, 2020. We have a Board meeting scheduled on Saturday, April 18 and we anticipate that we will have additional information and direction by then. Our objective is to NOT cancel our season but worse case scenario postpone it to a date that would be permissible in accordance with our governmental and regulatory agencies.
We support the recent guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and our federal and state governments, recognizing that one of the best ways to reduce the spread of this virus is social distancing and limiting the number of people assembled in close quarters.
We realize this is frustrating and disruptive to your planning and desire to play baseball this summer. Our hopes are that we will be able to play all or at least part of our season in 2020.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted as things change and evolve.
John Richter on behalf of the MBA Board of Directors