By Matt Noonan
The Intercity Baseball League (ICL) announced earlier today, both on its website and Facebook page that the 2020 season has been canceled.
The ICL, which has been playing baseball in the Greater Boston area since 1950, hoped to provide its nine-team league with an eight-game schedule followed by a tournament but the Board of Directors decided last night during a remote meeting that it was best to cancel the season and return to the field next year.
Here is the statement from the ICL regarding its decision to cancel the 2020 season:
“After exploring every avenue for months, the ICL has made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2020 season. The Intercity League has enjoyed an outstanding and continuous tradition in Massachusetts amateur baseball since 1950 and we look forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2021. We make this decision out of an abundance of caution and after careful consideration of all factors. The safety of our players, their families, managers, coaches, umpires, administrators, and fans, remained paramount in all of our discussions. This was an exceedingly difficult choice, but we felt it was the best decision at this time. Given the ongoing situation and the ever-growing time constraints, we felt the window to conduct a meaningful ICL season this summer has become too narrow.”
While fans of the ICL will have to wait a bit longer to see their favorite team return to the diamond, the league did announce the Lexington Blue Sox are organizing a tournament to honor a pair of former players, including Pete Frates, who lost his courageous battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) last year.
The league plans to announce more information regarding the tournament later this week.