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Update on the Atlantic League Season

Today, the Atlantic League put out an official press release discussing their updated plans for the 2020 season.

ATLANTIC LEAGUE CLUBS ANNOUNCE UPDATED 2020 PLANS

(June 19, 2020, Lancaster, Pa.) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball today announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several member clubs have not gained necessary approval from governmental and health officials to open their ballparks to a capacity level sufficient for participation. As a result, the 2020 schedule for each team has been opened up, with clubs permitted to seek new solutions for this season that conform to their current governmental guidelines in order to get ballparks opened and begin play.  

Following are Atlantic League club updates and status reports: 

The High Point Rockers, Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are working with several professional baseball clubs towards finalizing a 70-game schedule of play that would begin in mid-July and wrap up at the end of September with a five-game championship series.

“The Atlantic League and other leagues are in similar positions,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “There are multiple teams in each league at different stages of reopening; therefore, some who are able to begin play and some who are not. This solution would pair those clubs able to play and entertain fans at their ballparks, providing a high level of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment.”

The schedule, start date, and further information for this 70-game slate will be announced in the near future, subject to governmental and health guidelines being met in each market, on www.highpointrockers.comwww.liducks.com, and www.somdbluecrabs.com.

The Lancaster Barnstormers will open Clipper Magazine Stadium to host an outdoor summer movie series presented by Haller Enterprises, High Industries, and Turkey Hill Dairy, as well as Thursday Happy Hours including music, beer specials, cornhole, and other lawn games. The club will also make its ballpark available for baseball and softball teams and companies and fans for private events. The Barnstormers are encouraging members of the Lancaster community to share any ideas they have for Clipper Magazine Stadium during these times. More information will be posted on www.lancasterbarnstormers.com.

The Barnstormers are also partnering with fellow Pennsylvania team the York Revolution to turn their long-time friendly rivalry into a new community outreach initiative. The plan would build on the long-time “War of the Roses” partnership of the two clubs. Senior managers from each club have already begun discussing options to bring some professional baseball to Central Pennsylvania this summer, as well as several new variations of the longstanding “War” that would welcome new activities and events in each city, with each being cross-promoted and co-hosted by the two clubs.

The Somerset Patriots will host numerous events ranging from a localized version of professional baseball (pending approval) to drive-in movies, potential in-ballpark movie events, firework shows, youth baseball tournaments, graduations, blood drives, and collections to benefit those in need in the team’s area. For details, new activities, times, and additional information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

The Sugar Land Skeeters will host a four-team professional baseball league at their home ballpark beginning July 3 and running through August 23. Each team will play 28 games for a total of 56 games during the season. The teams will consist of players with Major League baseball and other professional service time and will be managed by well-known personalities such as Roger Clemens, Greg Swindell, and Pete Incaviglia. For rosters, schedules, and start times, please visit www.sugarlandskeeters.com.

In addition to its activities with the Barnstormers, the York Revolution will host a variety of outdoor dining events, movies on the ballpark video board, youth and adult league baseball games, and community events and private parties. The team has also begun marketing PeoplesBank Park’s large outdoor seating areas as alternative meeting and event spaces for area companies and organizations seeking unique options that conform to health official recommendations. To learn more about availability and events, visit www.yorkrevolution.com.

“These activities epitomize the innovation of Atlantic League clubs,” said ALPB President Rick White. “Our clubs value their deep connections to their communities. In a season unlike any other, our teams have responded with remarkable commitment to their cities in a variety of innovative and economical ways and with a focus on the health and safety of guests who enter our parks for games and other events.”

For updates on this announcement, schedules and other league information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

Atlantic League, Sugar Land Skeeters Update

The Sugar Land Skeeters (a team normally in the Atlantic League) recently announced their intent to host a four-team league of their own in Texas.

Skeeters Intend to Host Four-Team Pro Baseball League at Constellation Field

(June 10, 2020, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS). – The Sugar Land Skeeters today announced their intent to host a four-team professional baseball league at Constellation Field, beginning July 3 and running through Aug. 23. Each team is set to play 28 games for a total of 56 games during the season, with all games being played at Constellation Field.

The teams will consist of former Major Leaguers and an assortment of professional players who’ve appeared at affiliated minor league levels as well as independent leagues.

“It’s imperative that we continue to serve our role in the community as a family-friendly entertainment venue and now more than ever we realize how important that role is,” said Skeeters Owner Kevin Zlotnik. “It’s also going to be critical that it’s a safe environment for our fans, staff and players and we’re working with Memorial Hermann and our local and state officials to ensure we provide that safe environment.”

Skeeters manager Pete Incaviglia and the father-son duo of Roger and Koby Clemens have committed to managing teams in the league, with the other two managers yet to be announced.

“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this and I think the Zlotniks and the Skeeters organization are providing a great opportunity for these younger players to keep their skill sets sharp,” Clemens said.

The league and Constellation Field will be adhering to guidelines from the state of Texas as well as the CDC in regards to stadium capacity and social distancing. Players will be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week, as well as prior to their arrival in Sugar Land.

The Skeeters are currently compiling a pool of players that are set to be drafted by the managers of their respective team prior to their arrival. Announcements regarding the rosters for the teams are forthcoming.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on being an organization that gives players another chance,” Zlotnik said. “Given the unfortunate releases of hundreds of minor league players over the last few weeks, we realized there was a major need for a league like this. Already, we’ve received commitments from guys with great resumes, former Major Leaguers, former first-rounders and high-caliber prospects. I know people are going to be really impressed with the quality of play.”

There will be a total of seven games played at Constellation Field each week from the Opening Day on July 3 through the conclusion of the season on Aug. 23.  The schedule is subject to change, but single games are anticipated to be played on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and doubleheaders will be played on Saturday and Sunday.

“This is something that is going to be really special and is going to serve as a huge boost to the baseball community by providing this opportunity for players,” Incaviglia said.

Tickets for the games are not yet on sale and an announcement will be made once they’re available for purchase.

For updates on the Skeeters, please visit sugarlandskeeters.com or follow the Skeeters on Facebook, Instagram (@sugarlandskeeters) and Twitter (@SL_Skeeters).

After that announcement, the Atlantic League put out a press release of their own today.

It does appear as though the decision on the 2020 season may come as early as next week. Lancaster Online reported that the general manager for the Lancaster Barnstormers (Lancaster, PA), Michael Reynolds, stated after the league meeting that the Atlantic League is working with state governments to decide on the fate of the upcoming season.

The AL will determine next week if there will be a 2020 season, Lancaster Barnstormers general manager Michael Reynolds said after Thursday’s meeting. That may depend on state governments.

Right now, the situation doesn’t look too great. There are two teams in Pennsylvania (Lancaster and York) where attendance for sporting events is currently capped at 250. The other teams in the league (High Point (N.C.) Rockers, Long Island Ducks, Somerset Patriots, and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs) all have different state and local restrictions as well.

Indy Ball Island will continue monitoring the situation of the Atlantic League and give updates when available.