6/12/2020 4:59:00 PM PLAY BALL! MBA allows amateur baseball teams to begin play
The Minnesota Baseball Association announced Friday morning that it was giving amateur baseball teams the green light to begin playing games.
Teams will be required to receive authorization to play from local government agencies unless the field is privately owned. Additionally, teams, spectators and concession workers will be required to follow specific guidelines. The guidelines are listed on the Minnesota Baseball Association website and will be read by the public address announcer prior to games.
The plan to reopen baseball has not yet been approved by the governor's office, however the MBA board voted to move forward and allow teams to play exhibition or regular season league games.
Prior to this decision by the MBA, Minnesota amateur teams had only been allowed to play games outside the state. A handful of teams in the First Nite and Gopher leagues have played games in Iowa and South Dakota. The Windom Pirates and Mt. Lake Lakers have not played any out-of-state games to date.
No official start date has been determined, but it seems unlikely that most teams will receive the clearance they need to play on their home fields in time for games this weekend.
If Sunday's originally-scheduled games are postponed, the Windom Pirates are next scheduled to play on June 17 at Worthington. The Mt. Lake Lakers are not scheduled to play until June 21, when they host Lakefield.
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