Alaska Baseball League cancels upcoming summer season

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Baseball League has canceled its summer season because the future of sports worldwide remains uncertain during the coronavirus pandemic.

“To operate this summer without the ability to protect everyone involved from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, we as a league decided not to continue this summer,” the competition website said.

The summer season season would begin on June 29.

The five-team league is made up of college players mainly from the Lower 48, but also from places as far away as Taiwan. If competition were resumed on time, travel and housing would have been a logistical challenge over the seven weeks of play, KTVA-TV reported.

The Mat-Su miners proposed a short season in July, and other teams have also expressed a desire to compete, officials said. Competition teams are expected to contact the state and local authorities about the plan.

Even Major League Baseball is trying to formulate a plan to get the players back on the field.

The Alaska Baseball League was formed in 1969 with five teams: the Anchorage Bucs, Anchorage Glacier Pilots, Chugiak Chinooks, Mat-Su Miners, and Peninsula Oilers.

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