By Matt Noonan
As the state of Massachusetts continues its reopening during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, thoughts of baseball games being played by a slew of local adult men’s leagues remain a possibility.
Most leagues, including the Boston Park League, Intercity Baseball League, and Yawkey Baseball League appear hopeful they can start-up their respective seasons on or after Monday, July 6 which happens to be the same day of the state’s third phase of its reopening.
Additionally, there are other leagues that hope to play games as soon as Monday, July 6, including the North Shore Baseball League (NSBL), which announced earlier this week on Twitter that plans for its 2020 season are currently being finalized and that “we will look to throw the first pitch on July 6.”
In addition to announcing a potential start date for its upcoming season, the NSBL, along with other leagues, have stressed safety as their main priority so they can keep managers, players, and umpires healthy this summer. The Boston Men’s Baseball League, which is hoping to begin its season on Sunday, July 12, knows it is possible some players may wish to not compete this year but did politely request that these hitters and pitchers contact their managers.
Earlier this month, the Cranberry Baseball League announced on Twitter that they were planning to begin its season on Thursday, July 2 but most likely their start date would be pushed back to Monday, July 6 as the state’s current phase (the second phase) doesn’t permit games or scrimmages.