Minnesota American Legion Baseball has been cancelled for 2020.
The American Legion Department of Minnesota Executive Committee, Minnesota American Legion Baseball Committee and Minnesota American Legion Commander Mark Dvorak announced the cancellation of the 2020 season Saturday out of concerns for safety of players, coaches, umpires, fans and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Safety has always been important in American Legion Baseball,” said Director of Minnesota American Legion Baseball Randy Schaub of Danube. “As much as we wanted to play this year, we cannot take chances with the players, coaches and fans we oversee.”
The decision happened during a video conference on Saturday where the Baseball Committee heard from Commander Dvorak who had input from state and national legal advisers. Statewide COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings would make playing baseball prohibitive.
“It was a difficult decision that affects many young people and their parents,” Commander Dvorak said. “The American Legion is a major proponent of the sport of baseball, and we hope to return even stronger in 2021.”
American Legion Baseball programs across the country have shut down, resulting in team insurance being unavailable through the national Legion Baseball program.
The national level last month cancelled the American Legion World Series planned for August, and the national program announced Friday, May 8, it would provide no national-level support.
There were 357 teams signed up for 2020.