Amid the uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, sports fans everywhere are wondering when they will get live sports back. MLB has postponed the regular season indefinitely, and while there have been rumors of plans to play an isolated season in Arizona, nothing is definite.
But there was a little bit of good news for baseball fans in the Appalachian region today as the Pulaski Yankees released a statement saying that they expect to begin their season on time on June 22.
"The 2020 Pulaski Yankees season is still expected to begin on June 22. We are in constant communication with the Appalachian League and Minor League Baseball about the season and will provide further updates as needed," the statement read. "At this time, we plan to play our full 68-game slate as originally scheduled. We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our fans and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park as soon as it is safe to do so."
Pulaski is the Advanced Rookie affiliate of the New York Yankees, playing in the 10-team Appalachian League. The league begins play in late June and the season lasts through early September.
The league provides fans in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee with entertainment and quality baseball each summer, showcasing some of the top draft picks each year.
Of course, this could also be the final year of the Appalachian League as it includes nine teams that are on the list of franchises to be contracted under the potential new PBA, but that's a whole other story that we'll dive into on tomorrow's podcast.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.