Collegiate summer baseball was dealt another blow on Friday as the Cape Cod Baseball League made the decision to cancel its 2020 season. The league announced the cancellation in a press release on Friday afternoon.
"The Cape Cod Baseball League Executive Committee has voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Cape Cod Baseball League season," the statement read. "The decision was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. Following CDC guidelines and medical recommendations, the league determined it would be impossible to guarantee the safety of players, coaches, umpires, host families, volunteers and fans during this unprecedented health crisis."
The Cape Cod league is one of the oldest leagues in the country, with roots dating back to 1885. The league claims 300 current alumni playing in Major League Baseball and 1,250 all-time MLB players.
The 10-team league was scheduled to begin its 2020 season on June 13. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker recently said it is too early to begin considering reopening the state and pointed to data showing increased hospitalizations statewide.
The Cape Cod League joins the Valley Baseball League and the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League as the only leagues to cancel their seasons so far. Others have announced postponed opening days, and we could see more cancellations in the coming weeks.