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2020 MINK League season canceled

MINK LeagueAnother casualty for 2020 summer-collegiate play: the nine-team MINK League has canceled its 2020 season, but league officials vow to be back in 2021.

The MINK League includes the Chillicothe Mudcats, Clarinda A’s, Clinton Creatures, Des Moines Peak Prospects, Jefferson City Renegades, Joplin Outlaws, Nevada Griffons, Sedalia Bombers and the St. Joseph Mustangs.

“It is with great disappointment that the MINK League has determined that we cannot play this season,” said MINK League Commissioner Ron Rodriguez in a press statement. “We join the many other leagues across the United States that have been affected by the COVID-19 virus and the fallout from it. But we must have the safety of our communities, host families, players, coaches, staff and officials as our main concern. Our communities are a vital part of the MINK League and we enjoy and appreciate their support. We made every effort to play this season and delayed the decision to make the most educated decision possible.”

“The summer tradition that is MINK League Baseball is something we hold very special. 2021 is going to be a very special season, a celebration. We want to thank all of the health care and frontline workers that have worked to keep us safe, and our thoughts are with those affected. We wish everyone to be safe and well,” said MINK League President Ky Turner.

The MINK League joins the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate LeaguePerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, New York Collegiate Baseball League, Ohio Valley LeagueNew England Collegiate Baseball League, Cape Cod League and the Valley Baseball League in canceling the 2020 season. The Expedition LeagueWestern Canadian Baseball LeagueProspect LeagueCoastal Plain LeagueFutures Collegiate Baseball League, West Coast League and the Texas Collegiate League have announced delays to the 2020 summer-collegiate season, while the Northwoods League has announced play on a regional basis. We expect these leagues to announce their 2020 plans between now and June 3.

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