Sauget, IL. — With the announcement of MLB and the American Association returning to the field in 2020, fans awaited the fate of the Frontier League. On June 24, 2020, the league made the official statement that the 2020 season has been suspended.
“We all want to play Frontier League Baseball in 2020,” stated Rich Sauget, Sr., President of of the Frontier League. “However, with the continuing limitations on social gatherings in our markets plus travel restrictions impacting our Canadian teams — we had to make the tough decision that without availability to play in many of our 14 ballparks — a 2020 championship season was no longer realistic.”
The statement from the league continued: “We appreciate the passion, support, and understanding of our fans. Activities such as the virtual Opening Day game simulations by Schaumburg and Southern Illinois. The virtual championship ring ceremony by New Jersey. And the virtual 105th anniversary celebration of Evansville’s Bosse Field.”
The suspension of the championship season allows individual teams to pursue baseball and other activities in their facilities as state and local restrictions allow. Teams have been working with their local health departments and submitting reopening plans.
The Sussex County Miners tweeted earlier this morning: “Please stay tuned for a big announcement. We thank you for your patience and your continued support!”
The Washington Wild Things will also be making an official announcement in the coming days.
Update: The Florence Y’alls will be playing baseball in 2020. “With the approval of Governor Beshear, the Florence Y’alls, presented by Towne Properties, will be playing baseball in 2020. Fans can expect to see baseball being played at UC Health Stadium within the next 3-4 weeks.”
Other teams in the league will also make announcements in the coming days on which activities they are allowed to pursue.
The Evansville Otters and Southern Illinois Miners announced they will be suspending any chance of a season — taking the field in 2021.
Miners COO/Field Manager Mike Pinto stated: “Protocols provided by the CDC along with strict travel guidelines have shown us it would be impossible to guarantee safety of players, coaching staffs, umpires, host families, employees and fans during this unprecedented health crisis.”