With the safety of all that would participate in the Legion Baseball program in mind, the season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“The American Legion Department of Minnesota Executive Committee, Minnesota American Legion Baseball Committee and Minnesota American Legion Commander Mark Dvorak have canceled the 2020 season out of concerns for safety of players, coaches, umpires, fans and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a press release from Legion Baseball, Saturday, May 9.
The decision came after a video conference where the baseball committee including Director of Minnesota Legion Baseball Randy Schaub of Danube, Minnesota and Dvorak.
Pierz Legion baseball coach Andy Leidenfrost said it is tough that the players had to lose yet another season.
“The kids put in so much time and everything, especially the seniors,” Leidenfrost said. “They missed out on the spring season, graduation and everything, and Legion ball kind of lets you go out and do your thing.”
More than 350 teams compete in Legion baseball in Minnesota, which is the most among all 50 states.
The state tournament had been held every year since then, and Minnesota was one of only three states that had that streak.
“It is a tricky situation for everyone, and you feel for the kids, for the seniors, but everyone needs to be safe too, you know,” Leidenfrost said. “This group especially had a lot of expectations on themselves to make a good run.”
For more information and contact info for baseball committee members visit www.minnesotalegionbaseball.com.
Little Falls, Royalton and Upsala-Swanville also have Legion baseball teams in the area.