Alaska Baseball League cancels 2020 season, Pilots and Miners still trying to play

Published: May. 22, 2020 at 1:33 PM AKDT
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The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its 2020 season, but that won’t stop the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and Mat-Su Miners from trying to resume play on July 1, according to the Miners' general manager Pete Christopher.

“People in the valley are pleading with me to have baseball. People need something,” said Christopher.

The two teams would play an independent season with 32-player rosters, intra-squad games during the week, and games against each other on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This plan hinges on whether the Pilots will be able to play at Mulcahy Stadium since they're waiting for approval from the city.

The Chinooks and Bucs felt the risk of the novel coronavirus, and getting permits from the city was proving too difficult to continue their season.

“We did diligence by putting it off, putting it off, and putting it off,” explained Bucs' general manager Shawn Maltby, who says the Mayor’s office never responded to his questions regarding their permitting.

“(We) didn’t get any answers or calls back. Ultimately we had to make a decision for the interest of our players, our staff, and things like that.”

Earlier this summer the college baseball summer league was working towards a July 1 start date only comprised of the Mat-Su Miners, Anchorage Glacier Pilots, Anchorage Bucs, and Eagle River Chinooks.

The ABL’s rival for top talent, the Cape Cod League, has already voted to cancel its season after the NCAA college baseball season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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