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The Intercity Baseball League (ICL) Will Return To The Field June 1st

After canceling its 2020 season last summer due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Intercity Baseball League (ICL) announced last week that its 2021 season will start Tuesday, June 1. (PHOTO COURTESY: Craig Henry)

By NoontimeSports.com

After suspending its 2020 season due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic last summer, the Intercity Baseball League (ICL) announced late last week that it plans to return to the field for its 2021 season on Tuesday, June 1.

As noted on the league’s website, the ICL Board of Directors, along with each team seems eager to return to the diamond after their previous season was interrupted for the first time since 1950.

The ICL, which currently features nine teams, including the Lexington Blue Sox, who have captured the league crown 15 times, will play a 24-game regular season. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the ICL will conduct a postseason.

The 2021 season will be the first for the Middlesex Expos, which joined the league last June after being founded by Branden Anderson.

Should MLB Pause Or Stop The 2020 Season?

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Should Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred consider ending the 2020 season? (PHOTO COURTESY: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

By Matt Noonan

Rob Manfred might want to consider pressing the pause button or perhaps shutting down the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) season.

With today’s news of 14 members of the Miami Marlins testing positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19), perhaps this is a sign that maybe, just maybe, traveling to play baseball during a pandemic this summer is not something we should do.

The 2020 season – a short, 60-game sprint – began last week with some bad news when  Juan Soto, an outfielder for the Washington Nationals, tested positive prior to his team’s initial contest against the New York Yankees. Soto recently tested negative but needs an additional negative result before returning to the diamond.

Let’s hope Soto does test negative (again), so we can see him back on the field either later this week or next month.

But while we anxiously await word of Soto’s next test, it just seems likely that we will learn of more players, along with coaches and staff members that will test positive for the virus as the season progresses. The United State of America has recorded more than four million cases of Covid-19, while 1.3 million individuals have recovered

Baseball, unlike other sports that have restarted, is not playing in a “bubble,” so the chances of players, coaches, and staff members testing positive for the virus seems more likely from staying in hotels to traveling to various ballparks on planes and busses.

No matter what happens, Manfred, along with the owners, coaches, and players knew they were taking a risk with playing games during a pandemic, but is it worth the risk continuing to play with cases on the rise in various states across the country, including here in Massachusetts?