This story has been updated to reflect news from the Prospect League
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen plenty of summer baseball leagues issue statements about postponing or canceling their seasons.
As of right now, four leagues have scrapped their plans for a 2020 season. They include some of the premiere leagues, such as the Valley Baseball League and the Cape Cod Baseball League.
The Coastal Plain League, which operates in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia, issued a statement today that it is postponing its season until July 1.
"The Coastal Plain League has closely monitored the COVID-19 announcements of the Federal, State and Local authorities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and has delayed the league's scheduled 2020 season start until July 1," the league said. "Depending on governmental guidance, teams may begin to form in mid-June to prepare for the season and may play some exhibition games in June. It is expected that this schedule will allow the league's teams and host cities to properly prepare to give the fans and the country's finest collegiate baseball players a safe and enjoyable environment. We look forward to an exciting 2020 baseball season."
The league said the season will run from July 1 to August 15 and the league's All-Star Show, originally scheduled for July 12-13, has been canceled.
In addition to the CPL making its announcement today, the Prospect League also announced that it would delay its season until July 1.
"The health and safety of our fans, players and team personnel remains our first and foremost priority," Prospect League Commissioner Dennis Bastien said in a statement. "We fully understand that our 2020 season will be determined by the leaders in each of our five host states, our 12 municipalities and counties, as well as decisions by our ballpark lessors. We are extremely hopeful this decision by the Prospect League Board of Directors can be met."
The Prospect League is a 12-team collegiate summer league that operates in the Midwest, with teams playing in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia.
The league was originally slated to begin its season on May 28.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.