Summer Baseball Hopes Remain Alive For Some Massachusetts Leagues

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Summer baseball in Massachusetts could still happen for a few local leagues. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

There’s hope for summer baseball in Massachusetts. But will games be played remains the biggest question?

The Intercity Baseball League (ICL) has yet to cancel its 2020 season but did share an update on Thursday that “safety of players, coaches, umpires, team officials, and fans” remains its biggest concern. It is possible a season could begin in July with a double-elimination tournament that would be followed by the playoffs, according to the board of directors’ recent post on the ICL website.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a plan for the state’s reopening earlier this week, which did include outdoor activities and recreation, so it is possible the ICL could return in the third phase. But for the ICL to be able to play, they would need to obtain permits from the various cities and towns their teams compete in.

The ICL is an eight-team league and has been playing baseball games since 1950.

The Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) has yet to cancel its 2020 season, according to a recent update that was shared on TwitterDave McKay, who is the league’s president, expressed optimism for games to be played this summer but did say the YBL is “awaiting news on when permits will be issued.”

An update on the YBL’s 2020 season will be announced in two weeks.

In a Facebook post from last month, the Boston Park League announced they plan to provide its teams with a 21-game schedule, beginning Monday, July 6. The post also noted their 2020 season is “subject to guidelines from (Gov. Baker) and the City of Boston. No news from the BPL has been shared since last month.

The Cranberry League has not changed its plans to begin its season, as reported earlier this month. The league plans to play its season-opener on Sunday, June 21st, but most likely the start date would be pushed back due to the state’s phase reopening plan, which is in three-week increments.

Finally, Lou Thompkins All-Star Baseball plans to provide its three youth divisions with a 15-game schedule, beginning after July 4. One of the leagues has decided to allow local high school seniors to play due to their spring seasons being canceled by the coronavirus (COVID-19).