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State College Spikes' Season 'Delayed Indefinitely'

by on June 12, 2020 4:42 PM

The State College Spikes won't be taking the field for Opening Day next week as originally scheduled.

The New York-Penn League announced in a statement on Friday that its 2020 season "is being delayed indefinitely" because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The League and its clubs will continue to monitor the situation and work with our Major League Baseball affiliates, while following the recommendations of public health officials and adhering to local reopening guidelines," the statement said.

Regardless of if or when the season begins, the NYPL All-Star Game also has been canceled for this year, according to the league

The Spikes — the St. Louis Cardinals' short-season single-A affiliate — were scheduled to open the season on Thursday night against the Williamsport Crosscutters at Medlar Field.

Under guidance issued by Gov. Tom Wolf's administration, professional sports in Pennsylvania are permitted to resume. Those in counties that are in the green phase of reopening are permitted to have 250 people on site if they follow orders issued by the secretary of health and follow CDC guidelines. If they want to play or practice with more than 250 people on-site, teams or leagues must submit a plan to the Department of Health for approval, although the administration currently still discourages having spectators.

News of the delay comes amid ongoing uncertainty about the future of the Spikes and 41 other minor league teams. A proposal introduced last year would eliminate MLB affiliations for those teams. The plan has been met with fierce opposition from minor league communities and members of Congress.

If enacted, that proposal could take effect in 2021. Earlier this year, the Spikes launched the "Save Our Spikes" campaign.

Major League Baseball, meanwhile, still has not reached a decision on how or when its teams will play the 2020 season, with owners and players at odds over the length of the season, pro-rated pay and health issues. An agreement could be reached, however, as soon as next week, according to USA Today.

 



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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