MINK League baseball is tentatively scheduled to begin July 1, according to league officials.
In April, MINK announced a June 15 league start date with an option to push opening day to July. League officials met via video conference last Friday to confirm a July start. Additionally, the Chillicothe Mudcats have chosen not to compete in 2020.
Sedalia Bombers head coach Craig McAndrews said schedules would slate no more than 30 games from July 1 to Aug. 8.
McAndrews said he and the Bombers are “weathering the storm” as players, sponsors and teams around the MINK League opt out of the 2020 campaign. He said more local players will help fill out the roster as out-of-state candidates decline.
“I’m optimistic to think in two months we’ll have a season,” McAndrews said. “I think it depends where you are, and that’s the scary part. … We’re spread out pretty good.”
Fan attendance policy has yet to be decided. MINK League Commissioner Ron Rodriguez said via phone call that local guidelines restricting the spread of COVID-18 will determine fan policy.
“That’s what we’re evaluating right now, to see what the state and local governments decide,” Rodriguez said.
McAndrews said a second delay to the MINK season will allow teams to evaluate the financial probability of fielding a team and develop policies for travel and lodging. League officials are scheduled to meet again May 29.
“It’s not just like they’re picking on the MINK League, everybody’s in the same boat,” McAndrews said. “It’s just a bad boat. … You want to play, but at what cost?”