PGCBL to announce decision on 2020 season Wednesday

Season currently scheduled to start May 29
Amsterdam Mohawks infielder Landon Jordan catches a pop-up during Game 2 of the 2019 PGCBL Championship Series.
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Amsterdam Mohawks infielder Landon Jordan catches a pop-up during Game 2 of the 2019 PGCBL Championship Series.

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After initially planning to reach a decision on how, or if, to conduct its 2020 season during a meeting of team and league officials Monday, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League will instead make its decision Wednesday.

The official Twitter account of the Adirondack Trail Blazers posted an update early Tuesday morning that stated, “The PGCBL will make a final decision Wednesday on the 2020 season. Sit tight.”

Amsterdam Mohawks president and general manager Brian Spagnola said that league officials went into Monday’s conference call intending to make a decision, but opted to take a little more time before ultimately ruling on what will happen to the season, which is currently scheduled to start May 29.

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“Nothing was decided,” Spagnola said in a phone interview following Monday’s meeting. “We’re still waiting for some input from the league president [Robert Julian] on some different things. … As of right now, everything just got tabled.”

Other PGCBL officials, including league vice president Joe Milazzo, did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

The league has not issued an official statement on the status of its season since March 14, when a press release following the cancellation of the college baseball season stated that the league would consult with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to safely hold its 2020 season.

In that release, PGCBL president Robert Julian said, “We will follow all of the CDC recommendations and standards as established by the NCAA and the baseball industry with regard to commencing the season and protecting the health and well-being of the players, our staff and fans. However, we look forward with optimism that our season will commence, and we are making preparations accordingly.”

Other prominent summer collegiate baseball leagues, including the Cape Cod League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League, have already opted to cancel their 2020 seasons due to health and safety concerns brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Spagnola said last week that the PGCBL was still planning to hold its 2020 season, likely with a delayed start and possibly while leaning more heavily on locally based players who don’t require area host families.

While the PGCBL waits to make a decision on its season, the COVID-19 pandemic has already had wide-ranging effects on the Capital Region sports scene.

The college sports scene has been dormant since mid-March, when the NCAA canceled the remainder of its winter championship events and all of its spring championships. Among the winter events canceled were NCAA men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey regional games scheduled to be played at Times Union Center in Albany.

Also in March, the New York Public High School Athletic Association postponed its remaining winter championship events, which were eventually canceled outright. In late April, the NYSPHSAA canceled all of its spring state and regional championship events, with Section II following suit by canceling its spring area championship schedule. A glimmer of hope remained for a potential semblance of regular-season high school competition until Friday, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the closure of schools throughout the state for the remainder of the academic year.

Area stock car racing has also been put on pause by the pandemic, with tracks throughout the Capital Region sitting through a delayed start to a season that was supposed to begin in mid-April at most local speedways.

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