The New York-Penn League released the following statement on Friday regarding the status of the 2020 season:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the 2020 New York-Penn League™ season is being delayed indefinitely. 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. As always, the health and safety of the New York-Penn League™ fans, players and staff members are our top priorities. Additionally, the New York-Penn League™ All-Star Game has been canceled.
The 2020 season was scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 18.
12 Sports was able to speak with Black Bears General Manager, Matt Drayer, earlier today about this topic.
“Watching the baseball draft and seeing the players that the Pirates selected and kind of foreshadowing if they were going to come to Morgantown or not – still, up in the air. We don’t know what’s going to happen. So the uncertainty is just kind of getting to everybody, especially the baseball fans, as well as our front office staff. Exactly what’s going to happen in 2020 is the big question,” Drayer said.”
It was around this time last year that players arrived to Morgantown to officially join the West Virginia Black Bears ahead of the 2019 season.
This year, however, Monongalia County Ballpark is quiet and empty.
The Black Bears released a statement of their own in response to the NYPL’s statement.
Stay with 12 Sports as we continue our coverage of the West Virginia Black Bears throughout the summer.