Thursday, April 9th 2020 Updates: As leagues are faced with the ultimate delay to the start of their MSBL seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to post what measures leagues are taking to ensure their coordination with all of their players and share their comments on their start-up dates with our members across the country. HERE is the link to view the complete list that includes all league reports to date alphabetically.
Bay Area (San Francisco), Jim Frenn-To all managers and team reps: Hello, I hope you and your family are healthy. Things are changing so fast. My last email to you about looking at the new season starting in mid-April became obsolete and old news within a few days.
On March 20th I got an email from the San Francisco Giants that said: Following the updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance of that guidance. MLB might not open until mid-June, if at all. We’re tracking everything, hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Eight weeks would put our opening day at about May 31st. Schools are saying they won’t open for the rest of the school year. I doubt municipal fields will return until May or June either. We will play ball when the fields are available and MLB returns.
Hopefully we can get in a couple of weekend practices and be ready to go June 7th or 14th. That’s the new target, and if players are willing to play the regular season into September, we can get 12-15 games played this year. This schedule could mean fewer postseason games. But hell, when we pull this off, I’m sure everyone would be happy to play baseball for as many games as possible.
Understand that we have not given up on this season and neither should you. No further team fees need to be paid until we have more certainty about the return of BAMSBL baseball. Be healthy!
“I don’t play golf. When I hit a ball I want someone else to go chase it.”
—Roger Hornsby/ Cardinals infielder (1915-26)