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New York-Penn League delays its Minor League Baseball season ‘indefinitely’

The New York-Penn League announced Friday that its scheduled 2020 season is being delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The season was supposed to begin this upcoming Thursday as the State College Spikes were set to host the Williamsport Crosscutters.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the 2020 New York-Penn League season is being delayed indefinitely. The league and its clubs will continue to monitor the situation and work with our Major League Baseball affiliates, while following the recommendations of public health officials and adhering to local reopening guidelines,” the New York-Penn League said in a statement.

“As always, the health and safety of the New York-Penn League fans, players and staff members are our top priorities. Additionally, the New York-Penn League All-Star Game has been canceled.”

The league’s all-star game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, at Lowell, Massachusetts.

The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise as the Williamsport Crosscutters released a statement last Friday that the team did “not anticipate the 2020 season starting on time.”

The Crosscutters did not have any additional comment Friday.

The first game at Bowman Field was set for Friday, July 19, as the first of part of a five-game homestand with the State College Spikes (June 19-20) and West Virginia Black Bears (June 21-23).

The Crosscutters finished the 2019 season 32-42-1, tying their final game of the year against the State College Spikes, 3-3, at Bowman Field.

Williamsport was second-to-last in 2019 in the Pinckney Division, 8.5 games back, and were ahead of only Auburn (30-46). Batavia won the division with a 41-35 record. The Spikes were third (39-36, 1.5 games back).

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