IBL Cancels 2020 Seaason

by Ryan Eakin

CAMBRIDGE - The Intercounty Baseball League began in 1919 and has played every year since but, because of COVID-19, that streak of 101 straight seasons, ends this year.

In March, three of the league’s eight teams made a decision that baseball for them was not viable in 2020. Today, the other five teams in the league reluctantly abandoned any hope of having a schedule this year.

There remained a myriad of obstacles to operating in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Many aspects of life in the province are returning to some sense of normalcy, albeit slowly and cautiously. However, a clear path for team sports – that includes fans, is not imminent and the five teams that were still hoping to play this year – Guelph, Hamilton, London, Toronto, and Welland – unanimously decided a meaningful season was no longer viable in 2020.

Several IBL clubs are allowed to plan and hold events and activities at their facilities in 2020 including summer camps, community events, and some potential of baseball.

Baycats President David Mills says the league made the right decision.

"The Baycats organization believe the League has made the correct decision to cancel the 2020 season. We all wanted to play baseball this summer but with the potential health issues without proper insurance, lack of sponsors and no imports, there was too much risk for all partners.”

“The Baycats are now gearing up for a great 2021 season and preparing to give our fans some baseball excitement."

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