MONTPELIER — The Vermont Mountaineers announced today that they have canceled their 2020 season.
The Mountaineers are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Montpelier.
The team, a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, play their home games at Montpelier Recreation Field.
“To say this was a difficult decision is an understatement, but it was necessary and it was the right one,” Brian Gallagher, Mountaineers General Manager and President of the Board said.
Gallagher noted that some have suggested the Mountaineers might be able to play games without fans in the stands.
“The Board felt that even if we took that extreme step, we would still be potentially compromising the safety of the players and the host families, at a minimum.”
The other major issue the Board confronted was asking local businesses, at a time when they are already hurting financially, to sponsor the team this summer.
“Many local businesses have supported us for years and we need to return that loyalty in these difficult times,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher stated that anyone who has purchased 2020 tickets will have them honored for the 2021 season.
A NECBL league meeting has been scheduled to decide the future of league-wide summer ball this year.