Bluewater Fastball League President Matt Turcotte has announced the cancellation of the 2020 fastball season.
He says COVID-19 makes it too difficult to play ball and still have a good time, "There's still too many restrictions in place to make it fun and to make it enjoyable," says Turcotte, adding, "I just think it's the safest and it's the right call"
He explains, "I know for minor ball, every 20 minutes they were going to sanitize dugouts and stuff like that, and we're only there really for a couple of hours to get a ball game in and get out of there but we could be there for four hours if we have to do stuff like that."
He adds, "I don't think, for a team sport such as baseball...I think there are some restrictions there that need to stay in place and it just makes it very difficult."
Turcotte notes a limit of ten people in a social circle makes it hard to have a 15 person ball team where each player also has friends and family.
He adds, "I've talked to all the teams and ideally we'd all like to have a short season but I just don't think it's in the cards."
The season normally goes from the May 24 weekend until mid-September.
The Bluewater Fastball league has nine teams and plans to start back up after the May 24 long weekend in 2021.
Turcotte says, "I want to thank all the fans and also all the teams for their patience here this year but unfortunately I just don't think it's in the cards."