The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball announced before the weekend that they will start a condensed 2020 regular season on July 3. Some major changes are in place for this shortened schedule due to the local and state (or provincial, for you friendly Canadians) regulations that are in place thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fargo, North Dakota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Franklin, Wisconsin, will be the host cities for all games for their respective teams (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Sioux Falls Canaries, and Milwaukee Milkmen). In addition, three additional teams from the AA will be in those hubs - the Winnipeg Goldeyes with Fargo, St Paul Saints with Sioux Falls, and Chicago Dogs with the Milwaukee club in Franklin. So how will the schedule work?
Today, the league announced the full schedule for the 2020 regular season. As mentioned on Friday, each team will have limited travel - only 18 games on the road. However, if local and state regulations allow for any of the three non-host teams to start playing games on their home field, the schedule will allow for that to happen. Here are some notes and highlights from the schedule released today:
- Each team will be the “home” team at their hub for 30 games out of the season; 12 games will be as “visitors”
- Each hub will have a game on Independence Day - baseball in America on July 4!!
- Only two games on July 8, leading F-M and Winnipeg to have a seven-inning doubleheader on July 26
- Two rivals - Fargo-Moorhead and St Paul - will meet six times this season, all in Sioux Falls with the last three games closing out the season
- No games on Mondays
- Finals will be a 2-and-3 series, September 12 through September 17
In addition, each team has put in place their readiness plan for fans to be back in the stadium to attend games. More information on their plans to keep fans safe while in attendance will be released in the near future. One team that is currently not hosting games in their home stadium already revealed their plans earlier this summer. The Saints talked about their readiness plan, so if Minnesota and/or the city of St Paul allow for baseball games to be played with fans in attendance, they will be ready to go.
The league also announced today that the dispersal draft will be held tomorrow, allowing the six participating teams to draft players from the six non-participating teams for this season. Spring training will begin on June 25. The full schedule can be found on the American Association’s website.
What do you like or dislike about the schedule? Will you be attending any of the games?